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´Filthy 13´ leader, model for ´Dirty Dozen,´
dies in Chatham

State Journal-Register [Springfield, IL], by Dave Bakke

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Posted By:Fosterdad, 1/27/2013 9:23:50 AM

Springfield, IL - Jake McNiece was gone before we even knew he was here. His name might not resonate with you. It didn’t with me until I heard that he had died. After that, it didn’t take long to learn Jake’s story. It’s worth learning. In a nutshell, he was the real-life model for Lee Marvin’s character in the 1967 movie “The Dirty Dozen.” Jake, 93, died in Chatham on Monday.(Snip) The actual group of WWII soldiers the movie is based on was called The Filthy Thirteen. They were rounders — not murderers and psychopaths, as Hollywood portrayed them, but brawlers and no respecters of authority.
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Another hero gone to his reward in heaven. Rest in peace.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: MrYules, 1/27/2013 9:40:54 AM     (No. 9142034)

Indeed Rest In Peace Jake. Four combat jumps. Remember.


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Reply 2 - Posted by: G-Tom, 1/27/2013 9:54:00 AM     (No. 9142056)

If I´m not mistaken, Lee Marvin was a Major in the film. The article says McNiece never made Pfc (altho there is a pic of him in a shirt with 3 stripes, so....... wassup wid all dat??

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Chuzzles, 1/27/2013 11:34:40 AM     (No. 9142289)

It probably sounded better to the studio if Lee Marvin was a major (or a Col.) I had no idea that this movie was based on a real group of guys. But after finding out you are being portrayed in a movie as a murderer, I doubt the real guys would want to be associated with that stigma.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: ralpho, 1/27/2013 3:00:36 PM     (No. 9142632)

Dirty Dozen the movie was based on a far superior book of the same name by E.M. "Mick" Nathanson.

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Posted By: Fosterdad- 1/27/2013 9:23:50 AM     Post Reply
Springfield, IL - Jake McNiece was gone before we even knew he was here. His name might not resonate with you. It didn’t with me until I heard that he had died. After that, it didn’t take long to learn Jake’s story. It’s worth learning. In a nutshell, he was the real-life model for Lee Marvin’s character in the 1967 movie “The Dirty Dozen.” Jake, 93, died in Chatham on Monday.(Snip) The actual group of WWII soldiers the movie is based on was called The Filthy Thirteen. They were rounders — not murderers and psychopaths, as Hollywood portrayed them, but brawlers and no respecters of authority.
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