John Wayne


May 26, 1907 – June 11, 1979

Who would have guessed that a little boy named Marion would grow up to become the quintessential American badass?  Yet, that’s exactly what John Wayne did.  “The Duke” personified masculinity in everything he did.  Whether portraying war heroes in The Flying Leathernecks or The Green Berets or classic icons of the old west in…every…Western…ever…made, he was always John Wayne, and he was always awesome.

Truly, the only thing that could kick John Wayne’s ass was cancer.  And it did just that on June 11, 1979.  Allegedly, he wanted his tombstone to read “Feo, Fuerte y Formal” (“Ugly, Strong, and Dignified,”) but that never happened.  In fact, his grave remained unmarked entirely for 20 years.  Now it looks like this:


Pacific View Memorial Park – Corona del Mar, CA

wayne - jan 24 2013

Specific Location

Bayview Terrace, section 575; 6 rows down from the Eastern curb at the top of the hill overlooking the local reservoir, 5 spaces to the right – North – of a large tree. (See map below).


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