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===1943-1950=== Henry Fonda even though exempt, left in 1943 for the war. After boot camp he went to officer candidate school (OCS) in Quonset, [[Rhode Island]] and trained as a Naval Air Combat Intelligence officer. (''Don't Tell Dad'', p9) He would later for this, receive a Bronze Star. The children saw little of their father between Peter's birth and his departure for the war, as he made ten films during this time. For a while, an artist in need of a place to stay, bunked out in the playhouse. "I think my mother had an affair with him. I hope she did" (''Don't Tell Dad'', p10) In Jane's book she states that his name was Joe Wade. Quoting Laura (Clark) Pyzel about Joe Wade "He was divinely attractive, a real party boy! She was crazy about him. All the girls were."(''My Life'', p23) Henry Fonda and [[Jimmy Stewart]] were best friends according to Peter Fonda. And it must be just after Henry returned from the war, that Peter relates a story of how Henry and Jimmy built a glider for hours together, exchanging only a few words. Both were men of few words. <table><tr><td>In the school year 1945-6, Peter Fonda states that three of Frances' children — himself, Jane and Pan — attended the private Brentwood Town and County School, as he says did Brooke, Bridget and Bill Hayward, children of Leland Hayward and Margaret Sullavan. But the following year, Peter was sent, at least part of that year to the Barton School for Boys, along with his friend Danny Pyzel. He details several pages of horrible experiences there before his aunt Harriet Peacock rescued him (''Don't Tell Dad'', p22). Danny Pyzel, was the son of Laura (Clark) Pyzel who had met Frances, just after she was widowed from her first husband, before she married Henry Fonda. Laura and her son Danny had moved to Los Angeles around WWII and Frances helped her find an apartment.(''My Life'', p21-23) In 1946 Henry Fonda played Wyatt Earp in ''My Darling Clementine''. You can [http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/6301798759/102-9279843-7223326?ie=UTF8&tag=countyh-20&linkCode=xm2&camp=1789&creativeASIN=6301798759 buy it here] or watch several minutes [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1WXwO7Hqluo here on YouTube].</td><td>http://www.hotmoviesale.com/dvds/27209/1/Henry-Fonda-The-Signature-Collection.jpg<br>(Credit HotMovieSale.com)</td></tr></table> Around this time, when Peter was "six or seven", he and his mother Frances went to visit Pan who was in the Garrison Forest boarding school on the East Coast. Peter relates a bizarre and terrifying experience, not explained to him at the time, of being "checked for a tapeworm" at Johns Hopkins. (''Don't Tell Dad'', p27-9) At this point in his book, Peter Fonda, in discussing his father, mentions Henry's role as "Colonel Thursday" in the 1947 movie ''Fort Apache''. Peter says, that when he is asked what it was like to grow up as Henry Fonda's son, he says, "Have you ever seen Fort Apache?" In 1948 Henry returned to Broadway starring in ''Mister Roberts'' for it's multi-year run, ending sometime in 1950. He would reprise this role for the 1955 film version.
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