James Doohan died today. Didn't know this bit from the CNN article:
At 19, James escaped the turmoil at home by joining the Canadian army, becoming a lieutenant in artillery. He was among the Canadian forces that landed on Juno Beach on D-Day. "The sea was rough," he recalled. "We were more afraid of drowning than the Germans."
The Canadians crossed a minefield laid for tanks; the soldiers weren't heavy enough to detonate the bombs. At 11:30 that night, he was machine-gunned, taking six hits: one that took off his middle right finger (he managed to hide the missing finger on screen), four in his leg and one in the chest. The chest bullet was stopped by his silver cigarette case.
I am reminded of a bit from MAD Magazine when I was a kid:
Q. In which episode of Star Trek did Scotty make miracle repairs on the Enterprise to save the crew from certain doom?
A. All of them