Famous Military Veterans Part II

We hope you enjoy Part II of our compilation of Military Veterans


Jackie Robinson (1919 – 1972) Baseball Pioneer – Drafted in 1942 and rose to the rank of second lieutenant.

Joe Louis (1914 – 1981) Heavyweight Boxing Champion – Enlisted in the Army in 1942 at Camp Upton on Long Island, NY

Medgar Evers (1925-1963) – African-American civil rights activist from Mississippi involved in efforts to overturn segregation at the University of Mississippi. He was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1943. Evers fought in both France and Germany during World War II, and received an honorable discharge in 1946.

Mel Brooks – Actor, Producer, Writer – was not only a corporal in the U.S. Army, but he graduated from the Virginia Military Institute and served in World War II, and on occasion, he even defused landmines.

Elvis Presley (1935-1977) Singer, Actor – Elvis joined the army and served for two years in the Army’s finest Armored Tank Divisions

Al Gore – Former Vice-President and Presidential Candidate – Gore enlisted in the Army in 1969, despite his opposition to the war, and fought in the Vietnam War.

Clint Eastwood – Actor and Director – he was drafted into the Army and served during the Korea war.

Charles Rangel – New York Congressman – served in the U.S. Army and is a veteran of the Korean War. He was awarded a Purple Heart and Bronze Star with Valor for his service during the war.

James Earl Jones – Legendary actor and activist was in the ROTC in college and graduated from Army Ranger School.

Carl Reiner – Actor, Director, Writer, Producer, Author – During World War II from 1943 until 1946 Reiner worked as a radio operator but was transferred to serve in the Army Entertainment Section.

Tracy Marrow (Ice-T) – Rapper, Actor – Served four years in the Army.

Laurence Tureaud (Mr. T) – Actor, all around tough guy – After leaving school Tureaud enlisted in the United States Army in the mid-70s, and served in the Military Police Corps. In November 1975 he was awarded a letter of recommendation by his drill sergeant, and in a cycle of six thousand troops he was elected “Top Trainee of the Cycle” and promoted to Squad Leader.

Burgess Meredith (1907 – 1997) Actor, Director – Served in the Army Air Forces during World War II. Meredith reached the rank of Captain.

Edgar Allan Poe (1809 – 1849) Writer and Poet Extraordinaire – Attended West Point Military Academy and enlisted in the Army.

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Famous Military Veterans Part II