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Each of these men served as flight crew in B-25 bombers in the Mediterranean Theater of Operations during World War II. This is what made them famous afterwards...
Jack Valenti was working as a news media liaison the day President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. He is to the left of the man with the bow tie in this famous photograph of Vice-President Lyndon Johnson taking the presidential oath of office. Later, he was president of the Motion Picture Association of America.
On June 11, 1963, Alabama Governor George Wallace attempted to block the admission of the first black students to the University of Alabama by standing in the doorway to the registration office. Nicholas deBelleville Katzenbach (arms crossed) as U. S. Deputy Attorney General was sent by President Kennedy to persuade him to step aside. Their two discussions can be seen here.
"Deke" Slayton (left) was one of the original seven "Mercury" astronauts. After his selection, a medical condition prevented him from serving in a space mission until 1975 when he was on the U.S. crew of the Apollo-Soyuz space flight.
Joseph Heller wrote a popular novel "Catch-22" based on his experiences as a B-25 bombardier. The idiom "catch-22" entered the American cultural lexicon based on the predicament of the novel's main character.