By Boot Recruit Myra
There was a time when every 18 year old male in the United States was required to register for the draft with the Selective Service. Given that American requirement, there were celebrities aplenty with military careers before their names burned brightly in the big lights. You know many from eras past, like Elvis Presley, Tony Curtis, Jimmy Stewart and the like. The music industry and Hollywood still have a few diamonds in the rough when it comes to military veterans, see if you recognize some of these guys!
I wonder if James Earl Jones’s job as an Army Ranger included speaking as one with “the force”. If laughter is the best medicine, then Bill Cosby most assuredly healed patients in the US Navy as a Hospital Corpsman. Rough and tough Clint Eastwood was an Army man. Then there are the not-so-usual suspects like Ice-T, who served as an Army Ranger. You may be completely caught off guard by discovering Drew Carey is a veteran Marine and the youngest award winning celebrity (People’s Choice) we could find with a military career. Jimi Hendrix served in the 101st Airborne. That’s just plain groovy!
Kris Kristofferson, boasting more Grammy nominations than space to list, and a Golden Globe award for Best Actor for his role in A Star is Born was in the Army as a helicopter pilot and served in the 8th Infantry Division after completing Army Ranger School. In 2004 he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Now there’s a man who loves his country in more ways than one.
Maybe what will surprise you the most is Academy man Oliver Stone, sporting 3 of those golden Oscars for his directing and production work. Not many men enlist in the Army requesting combat duty. But he did by serving in the 25th Infantry, First Cavalry Division. He sports a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart with an oak leaf cluster.
George Strait’s love for country music didn’t stop when he loved on his country by enlisting in 1971. With all his musical accolades, he reigns supreme for his service in the Army’s 25th Infantry. His enlistment included gigs with his guitar and a group called Ramblin Country.
In this year’s selection of Academy nominees not one that we could find, are military veterans. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. It’s great knowing there are so many men and women who voluntarily do the job of protecting our borders and our freedoms so that entertainers can be, well, entertainers.
So from Hollywood to Nashville we holler out a huge thank you to the 1.4 million active duty military in service today with our boots on!