John Wayne never actually had to sign up for the draft, instead, he starred in 18 films from 1941-1945, many with war-related themes that have positioned him as A tough American hero survives the impossible. With his A-list star status now stable, there’s no real reason why he can’t enlist. His family has the money to survive without him, Hollywood clearly loves him and will welcome him back with open arms, and director John Ford even “invited” Wayne to join the marine photography unit. army. But it didn’t happen. In 1944, Wayne received a 2-A classification, “deferred to assist [the] national … interests. “Meaning that he didn’t have to go to war because it was believed that his performance on screen was just as important. Status 2-A has been restored until the end of the war.
Historians believes that Wayne’s guilt due to his failure to serve in the war was a major contributing factor to his eventual fervent nationalism and white supremacist ideal. It’s hard to empathize with someone who completely took advantage of the studio system that needed movie stars because the regulars no longer served in the war while the support and activism of John Wayne begins and stops with his own quest for fame.
Meanwhile, superstar Marlene Dietrich also could not serve in the war because of her gender but spent countless hours and dollars helping the Jews get out of Germany, openly calling Hitler “an idiot” for trying to get her in propaganda films and performed more than 500 performances for Allied troops during the war.
https://www.slashfilm.com/966033/how-wwii-set-the-stage-for-john-waynes-rise-to-superstardom/ How World War II set the stage for John Wayne’s rise to superstardom