It’s Veterans Day and we’d like to thank all of the veterans that served the United States in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and the Coast Guard.
Today we are going to take a look back at Hollywood stars that served our country in the military that you might not know about!
Clint Eastwood was drafted into the Army during the war in Korea and was sent to Ft. Ord in California for basic training.
The “Dirty Harry” star was a swimming instructor and lifeguard, which came in handy when a bomber he was in crashed near Point Reyes and he had to swim 3 miles to shore.
Bada*s Chuck Norris served in the Air Force from 1958 to 1962. He served 1 year on a base in South Korea. He later served as a spokesperson for the VA and was named the Air Force’s Veteran of the Year in 2001.
The 6 branches of the military are the army , navy , air force , marines , coast guard , and Chuck Norris. Of course!
Rob Riggle, a comedic actor who has starred in comedy films including “The Other Guys”, “21 Jump Street”, and Step Brothers”, was a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve and served in Liberia, Kosovo, and Afghanistan.
The 6 branches of the military are the army , navy , air force , marines , coast guard , and Chuck Norris.
Singer Willie Nelson enrolled in the U.S. Air Force after graduating from high school in 1950. He was stationed at several air bases and would sing with airmen musicians across the country. He left the service after nine months on an honorable medical discharge, because of his back problems.
Leonard Nimoy, best known as Spock on “Star Trek”, enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserves in the early 1950s and was discharged in 1955 at the rank of sergeant. During that time, he put on shows for Army Special Services and starred in military training films before finding fame.
Tony Bennett was assigned to the 53rd Infantry Division in France and Germany during World War II.
Hugh Hefner may be the mogul of Playboy now, but before he became famous for his nude magazines he was an army infantry clerk. He worked for a military newspaper before being honorably discharged and launching Playboy magazine.
The late Johnny Cash intercepted Soviet military radio transmissions in Morse code while he served in the Air Force. He said his time as a code translator helped influence his music. “That rhythm of Morse code had a lot to do with the rhythm I felt in my music,” he said. “After I got out of the Air Force, I could still hear it and when I started writing songs again, I had that rhythm in my head.”
Rapper Mystikal, now 43, joined the Army after graduating from high school in New Orleans and served as a combat engineer in Iraq during Desert Storm. He described his eight months in the Persian Gulf War as crazy, revealing he never expected to be deployed when he enlisted. “That was like a shock ’cause the whole military that I knew and remembered for 20 years that passed, (the) last war they had was Vietnam,” he told MTV.com. “But if I had to do it again, I couldn’t change it ’cause it definitely made me what I am. It definitely defined my character.”
Drew Carey, a comedian and the host of “The Price is Right”, served in the U.S. Marine Corp from 1980 to 1986. He still wear his military hair cut to this day.
Mr. T, whose real name is Laurence Tureaud, enlisted in the United States Army and served in the Military Police Corps. In November 1975, Tureaud was awarded a letter of recommendation by his drill sergeant and elected “Top Trainee of the Cycle” and was also promoted to squad leader. That was before he “pitied the fool”.
George Strait, who recently won Entertainer of the Year at the CMA awards, has stated that his military service helped launch his music career. The country star was enlisted in the U.S. Army from 1971 to 1975, and he spent the final two years in Hawaii. He performed country music with an Army-sponsored band called Rambling Country and also with another band called Santee in Hawaii.
Country star James Otto served in the U.S. Navy before finding fame as a country singer. Otto had a long history of service members in his family and continued the tradition.
Otto stated, “My grandfather is a Korean War vet, my dad was a drill sergeant — I think he retired at 23 years. It’s something that I always felt was, I don’t know, a great quality in people — that they wanted to serve and they wanted to give years of their life to their country. It’s something that I wish that more people would do.”
Thanks to all the men and women that have served our country now and in the past. We appreciate your service!