Celebrities Who Have Also Served Their Country
Celebrities are admired, idolized, and loved for their singing, dancing, acting, and comedy. They make the world laugh and cry as they entertain vast numbers of people on a regular basis. They are dedicated to doing what they love most. The life of a celebrity is an open book but there is a little known fact that is rarely publicized about celebrities, and that is that some celebrities have served their country as a member of the Armed Forces. Yes, before they were famous, they were in the military. Some of the best known entertainers took orders daily. Read on for information on the galant men who first served with Uncle Sam before they were stars.
Morgan Freeman, the legendary actor, joined the United States Air Force after he graduated from high school. He turned down a scholarship to Jackson University to be in the military. He served three years before coming back home to began his acting career.
Willie Nelson, the well known country singer was also in the United States Air Force. He joined after high school in 1950. His length of time was short, only nine months. He was medically discharged because of an injury, It wasn’t until twenty years later that he became a popular country music star.
Montel Williams, the television talk show host and actor, had a very impressive military background. He joined the United States Marines, and because he showed excellent leadership ability, it was recommended that he be sent to the United States Naval Academy Preparatory School in Newport, Rhode Island. After that he attended the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.
Mel Brooks is best known for his comedy and writing, but he was also a military man. Mel was drafted into the United States Army during World War 11. He was a Corporal in the Engineer Combat Battalion. He also fought in the Battle of the Bulge and was responsible for diffusing landmines.
Elvis Presley was probably the most noted celebrity to go into the military. He was drafted into the United States Army in 1958. His induction into the army was widely televised because he had already become the “King” before being drafted. He was in the 3rd Armored Divisioon stationed in Germany. He was dedicated to his duty, and did whatever the army had for him to do. That’s where he met Priscilla.
Jimi Hendrix, the soulful guitarist, joined the United States Army to keep from going to prison for driving a stolen vehicle. Jimi trained as a paratrooper in the 101st Airborne. He wasn’t there very long. His length of time was from 1961 to 1962.
Hugh Hefner, who founded the Playboy Magazine, enlisted in the United States Army and was there from 1944-1946 as an Infantry Clerk. It wasn’t til 1953 that he published the first playboy magazine.
The favorite doctor from the 4077 MASH unit, one of television’s most popular sitcims, Alan Alda, was actually in the United States Army Reserves. He joined after graduating from Fordham University and trained for six months.
Chuck Norris, the actor and karate champion, enlisted in the United States Air Force after graduating high school in 1962. He was introduced to martial arts while serving in Korea.
Jimmy Stewart, a beloved star of the silver screen, was a graduate of Princeton and always had a fascination with aviation but went in another direction. He was drafted into the United States Army during World War 11. At the time of his retirement he had flown in twenty combat missions.
Ice-T, born Tracy Marrow, singer, rapper and actor became a father after high school, and in order to provide for his family he joined the United States Army to help meet financial obligations. He spent four years assigned to the 25th Infantry Division. After the army, he went to Hollywood and made connections in the music industry.
Johnny Carson, King of late night television, enlisted in the United States Navy in 1943. He was a mid shipman and a communications officer in charge of decoding encrypted messages.
The crooner that made every woman swoon, and the multi Grammy winner, Tony Bennett was drafted into the United States Army during World War 11 in 1944. He served in Germany and France. When he was discharged, he used his GI Bill to further his studies.
Humphrey Bogart, the star of many classic movies such as the all time favorit, Casablanca, was in the United States Navy in 1918. He had the duty of ferrying troops between the United States and Europe. He was discharged in 1919 as a Seamen 2nd Class.
Mickey Rooney was drafted into the United States Army in 1943. He helped to entertained the troops while serving as enlisted personnel.
America’s favorite dad, Bill Cosby, dropped out of high school to enlist in the United States Navy and was a medical aide in hospitals. He ran on the Navy track team, and earned his high school diploma while he was enlisted. Bill later became an Honorary Chief with the Navy.
Drew Carey, a most entertaining comedian, graduated from Kent State in 1980, then joined the United States Marine Corps Reserve and served six years.
Henry Fonda served 3 years in the United States Navy during World War 11. He was awarded the Naval Presidential Unit citation and he received the Bronze Star.
Clark Gable was in the United States Air Force as a gunnery instructor. He served in Britain in 1943.
Ted Williams was a baseball player with the Boston Red Sox.. He was in the United States Marine Corp as a pilot during World War 11 in Korea. He was trained in attack aviation.
The most famous star to be in the military was President Ronald Reagan. He joined the United States Calvary Reserve and was a 2nd Lieutenant. He trained in Fort Des Moines, Iowa. In 1942, he entered the Army Air Force first Motion Picture Unit as a 2nd Lieutenant and was later moved up to Captain.
Salute to the patriotic celebrities!!!