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Stars N' Stripes: 9 Heroic Celebrity Veterans

The armed forces have seen their fair share of famous faces. Whether they were drafted or enlisted voluntarily, these celebrities deserve far more recognition than garnered through stage or screen.

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1. George Carlin

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After dropping out of high school in 1954, Carlin utilized the GI Bill to cover the costs of broadcasting school. He was trained as an Air Force radar technician and stationed at Barksdale Air Force Base in Bossier City, Louisiana.

2. Johnny Cash

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Air Force blue was the original color of the "Man in Black." Mr. Cash served as an intercept operator with the USAF Security Service and was reportedly a wiz with Morse code rhythms—no surprise for a man of music.

3. Mr. T

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Before taking on Rocky Balboa and scoring a hit TV show with “A-Team,” Mr. T ran with another squad: The U.S. Army. Born Lawrence Tureaud, the actor served with the Military Police Corps during the mid-1970s and was eventually promoted to squad leader.

5. Chuck Norris

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Here’s a Chuck Norris fact you may have missed: After high school, the world-champion martial artist was stationed in Korea as part of the USAF Security Police, where he began his study of local Korean martial arts. As a veteran, he still gives back to the military community as a spokesman for the Veterans Administration.

6. Ice-T

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In an effort to support his girlfriend and daughter, the future rapper/actor joined the Army for financial benefits. Despite a rough start, the experience afforded him the opportunity to build financial stability, hone his skills, and launch a long-lasting career in the entertainment industry.

7. Morgan Freeman

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Everyone’s favorite narrator joined the U.S. Air Force in 1955 in lieu of a drama scholarship from Jackson State University. Freeman trained as a fighter pilot before exiting the Air Force in 1959 to pursue his acting career.

8. Leonard Nimoy

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Nimoy, who immortalized the science officer Mr. Spock on TV and in movies, wore the Army uniform long before he wore the Star Fleet ensemble for "Star Trek." He served as a soldier from 1953 to 1955.

9. Elvis Presley

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“The King" was drafted by the U.S. Army and entered as a regular GI in the midst of his unprecedented rise to stardom. Presley was eventually stationed in Friedberg, Germany as part of the Third Armored 'Spearhead' Division, where he met his future wife, Priscilla Beaulieu.

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