Jerry Kovar



Camp Forrest during World War II


Sent: Wed 6/17/2009 2:03 PM



I am researching WWll vet, actor Neville Brand who was stationed at Camp Forrest in 1941-1942. Company F of Second Battalion of 129th Infantry

I was hoping that some readers may have stories to share, either first hand accounts or written memoirs about Mr. Brand being there.

Thank you for your help.

Jerry Kovar


NEVILLE BRAND Setting the Record Straight
by Robert E. Witter
How many of you remember the tough, but compassionate prison guard Bull Ransom in the 1962 classic "The Birdman of Alcatraz?"  What about Duke, the barely restrained prisoner of war in "Stalag 17" ?  Well, Ransom, Duke, and dozens of other characters, shared the same craggy face and gravelly voice of one man Mr. Neville Brand an "actor's actor"1 and real life World War II hero.   If you do a little searching, you'll find references to his acting career, but nearly every biographical account of his military service is just, plain wrong. As his brother, Bryce Brand, once put it, "There was a lot they printed about Nev that wasn't true."(2)  To illustrate his point, one example is a published account of how Neville Brand participated in (and barely survived) the ill-fated Dieppe Raid on the coast of Western Europe -- two years before he ever left the States!
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Sent: Wednesday, July 29, 2009 8:34 PM



I just published your email at If you receive any response please let me know. Also, if you have any information relating to Neville at Camp Forrest please send and I will place it online also.


Steve Speer


Sent: Wed 7/29/2009 10:10 PM


Thank you, Steve.

I will certainly pass along anything that I find out.

Jerry Kovar