Trump Couldn't Be More Proud Of These Celebrities Who Fought For Our Country
By Thomas TaylorMilitary
eventMay 19, 2017
This influential rocker joined the U.S. Army in 1961 to avoid being sent to the slammer after authorities caught him riding around in stolen cars. Hendrix completed eight weeks of basic training at Fort Ord, California before being assigned to the 101st Airborne Division and stationed at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. He served until 1962 when he was discharged due to an injury.
Before she was known as a "Golden Girl," Arthur did a stint in the military during World War II. Although she'd come to later deny it - very few people know that Arthur served as a typist and truck driver in the U.S. Marine Corp Women's Reserve for 30 months before being honorably discharged in 1945. She then went on to study at the Dramatic Workshop of the New School in New York.
The King of Rock and Roll was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1958 as a private at Fort Chaffee and was eventually promoted to sergeant. He looked forward to his military stint, as he didn't want any special treatment. He even declared, "The Army can do anything it wants with me." Presley spent quite a number of years serving before he was discharged in 1964.
The Playboy founder joined the Army as an infantry clerk during World War II back in 1944. During his basic training, Hefner won a sharpshooter badge for firing the M1. He even made it through "Killer College," which involved running through maneuvers while throwing real grenades. Hefner contributed cartoons for the Army newspapers before he was honorably discharged in 1946.
Though he loved acting, Freeman joined the Air Force after high school in 1955 to become an Automatic Tracking Radar Repairman. Although he was promoted to the rank of Airman 1st Class, he left to pursue what he always loved after four years of service. You can actually see his service portrait during his character's funeral scene in The Bucket List.
This 007 actor joined the Royal Navy when he was just 15, serving aboard the HMS Formidable. During his time serving, Connery acquired two tattoos, one that reads "Mum and Dad," and the other "Scotland Forever" - his two lifelong commitments that further prove his dedication and love for his country. Connery was later discharged on medical grounds due to an ulcer.
Before he became the Man in Black, Cash served four years in the U.S. Air Force and was assigned to the 12th Radio Squadron Mobile in Landsberg, Germany as a Morse Code operator intercepting Soviet Army transmissions. Although the singer was born J.R. Cash, the U.S. Air Force didn't permit initials as a first name, so he changed his name to John R. Cash. He was honorably discharged in 1954.
Clint Eastwood worked a variety of jobs before trying to enroll at Seattle University, but instead, he was drafted into the U.S. Army during the Korean War in 1951. Lucky for him, he was appointed as a lifeguard and swimming instructor, which was reportedly his role for his entire stint in the military while at Fort Ord in northern California.
Ever wonder where Carlos Norris got the name Chuck? It was during his service in the U.S. Air Force where he served as an air policeman. Norris was originally sent to Osan Air Base, South Korea, which is where he developed his interest in martial arts. He then returned to the United States where he continued to serve as an AP at March Air Force Base in California. Norris was discharged in 1962 after four years.
While he may have played the role of a private investigator in Hawaii and Vietnam veteran on Magnum P.I., Selleck actually was a soldier in real life back in his younger days. From 1967 to 1973, he served in the 160th Infantry Regiment of the California Army National Guard. It seems Selleck was definitely qualified for the role of Thomas Magnum!
This actor, comedian, and game show host left Kent State University after he was expelled twice in three years for poor academic performance. He went on to enlist in the United States Marine Corps Reserve where he served for six years. Carey greatly appreciated his time serving and even once said his time spent in service was what made him who he is.
Nelson managed to keep busy after his high school days! He worked a short stint as a relief phone operator, then as a tree trimmer for the local electric company, and as a pawn shop employee. He then enrolled in the United States Air Force in 1950, but unfortunately, he was medically discharged about eight to nine months later due to back problems.
Rooney was finally accepted into the Army in 1944 after he was first drafted following Pearl Harbor in 1941 when he was denied due to high blood pressure. During his stint, he dedicated part of his time to working as a radio personality on the American Forces Network. Rooney served in the military for more than 21 months and received several medals.
This media personality and actor enlisted in the U.S. Marines back in 1974. Two years later, he was honorably discharged as a corporal and enlisted into the Navy as a midshipman. Montel left the Navy with the prestigious ranking of Lieutenant Commander and personal decorations, including the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, and the Navy Achievement Medal. He served a total of a whopping 15 years!
After spending a year at Brooklyn College, Brooks was drafted into the Army and attended the Army Specialized Training Program conducted at the Virginia Military Institute. He went on to serve during World War II as a corporal and combat engineer. And yet, he's quoted as saying, "I was a Combat Engineer. Isn't that ridiculous? The two things I hate most in the world are combat and engineering."
Jimmy Stewart had a notable military career, serving in the Army and Air Force during World War II and the Vietnam era from 1941 until 1968. Not only did Stewart become the first major American movie star to don a military uniform in World War II, but after rising to the rank of Brigadier General, he also became the highest-ranking actor in military history.
Carson joined the Navy back in 1943 and served as a communications officer decoding encrypted messages after receiving V-12 Navy College Training Program officer training at Columbia University and Millsaps College. When asked by the Secretary of the Navy if he wanted to continue serving after the war, Johnny said no and that he wanted to be a magician!
This actor and retired MMA fighter served in the Army from 1982 until 1988, during which he attained the ranking of sergeant in the 101st Airborne. He applied for tryouts with the U.S. Army Freestyle Wrestling team, but due to a mixup, he was sent to the Greco-Roman tryouts. Despite having no experience, he still made the team and decided to pursue it.
This cultural icon decided to pursue his passion for the sea and enlisted in the Navy in 1918, spending the majority of his time ferrying troops between the U.S. and Europe. It's believed that it was during this naval stint that Bogart received his trademark scar and developed his distinguishable lisp. He was honorably discharged a year later.
Actor and musician Ice-T chose to enlist in the Army straight out of high school to support his girlfriend and daughter. He served a four-year tour in the 25th Infantry Division, which is where he discovered his interest in hip-hop music. It was during his deployment in Hawaii when he bought himself stereo equipment to launch his career in music.