Ford in May 1973
John Martin Feeney
February 1, 1894
Cape Elizabeth, Maine, U.S.
|Died||August 31, 1973 (aged 79)|
U.S. Naval Reserve
|Years of service||1942–45 (active)|
Rear Admiral (reserve)
|Battles/wars||World War II|
Ford was a soldier in World War II. He served for the United States Navy as the leader of the photography division. On D-day, Ford and his soldiers crossed the English Channel. The soldiers arrived at Omaha Beach and watched the first boats land on the shore. Ford went on to the beach and filmed the battle take place.
Ford started directing movies in 1917 after he moved to California. His first movies were made during The Silent Era, an era where there was no recorded sound in any movies. In 1956, Ford finished making a popular movie called The Searchers. The movie starred John Wayne as the hero. The Searchers is widely known today for its cultural and historical significance.