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10 Veterans You Wouldn't Recognize In Uniform

Before becoming household names, these famous faces were busy serving their country. For another surprising story in U.S. military history, check out The Monuments Men in theaters now.

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1. Decades before helping contestants make their way up the Plinko stairs...

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...Drew Carey was keeping order as a United States Marine.

It was during his six years in the service that Carey began his stand-up career.
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It was during his six years in the service that Carey began his stand-up career.

2. Before her culinary career became the plot of a Meryl Streep vehicle...

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...Julia Child worked in the Office of Strategic Services, a WWII-era spy agency.

Although Child claims to have never gone undercover herself, she worked directly for the pre-CIA agency's director.
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Although Child claims to have never gone undercover herself, she worked directly for the pre-CIA agency's director.

3. Years before he was caught bangin' on the bathroom floor...

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...Shaggy was a Marine in the first Gulf War.

Jamaican-born Orville Richard Burrell became a Marine in 1988.
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Jamaican-born Orville Richard Burrell became a Marine in 1988.

4. Before this clown entertained (and frightened a few) generations...

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...Bob "Bozo the Clown" Bell was a makeup-free member of the United States Navy.

Bell spent time in the Navy and the Marines before his near 25-year stint on Chicago's WGN-TV.
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Bell spent time in the Navy and the Marines before his near 25-year stint on Chicago's WGN-TV.

5. Before becoming an oh-so-serious reporter for The Daily Show...

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...Lt. Col. Rob Riggle had a 23-year career in the United States Marines.

In 1992, Riggle secured both a pilot's license and a bachelor's degree in theatre.
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In 1992, Riggle secured both a pilot's license and a bachelor's degree in theatre.

6. Before landing a coveted seat alongside the most scandalous voice in radio...

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...Robin Quivers was a Captain in the United States Air Force.

Quivers joined the Air Force as a nurse. Even after her discharge, she served as a reserve for 12 years.
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Quivers joined the Air Force as a nurse. Even after her discharge, she served as a reserve for 12 years.

7. Before playing the much-needed role of peacekeeper on The Jerry Springer Show...

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...Steve Wilkos kept the peace as a United States Marine.

After his military career, Steve Wilkos spent 12 years in the Chicago Police Department. His self-titled spin-off recently reached the 1,000-episode mark.
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After his military career, Steve Wilkos spent 12 years in the Chicago Police Department. His self-titled spin-off recently reached the 1,000-episode mark.

8. Before leading the wildest group of sexy seniors Miami has ever seen...

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...Bea Arthur was one of the first members of the Women's Reserve during WWII.

She denied involvement in the military up until her death. In 2010, records surfaced showing that she did, in fact, enlist.

She denied involvement in the military up until her death. In 2010, records surfaced showing that she did, in fact, enlist.

9. Before becoming the voice of God as we know him...

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...Morgan Freeman was a radar technician for the United States Air Force.

And although he didn't fly planes while he was in the service, he finally got his pilot's license at 65 years old.
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And although he didn't fly planes while he was in the service, he finally got his pilot's license at 65 years old.

10. Before becoming the most important voice in her family...

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...and in the country...

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...Queen Elizabeth II served in Great Britain's Auxiliary Territorial Service during WWII.

The scrappy princess worked on truck engines and drove ambulances.
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The scrappy princess worked on truck engines and drove ambulances.

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