24 cultural icons who served in the US military
In honor of Veteran’s Day, we’re taking a look back at some of the most famous people who have served in the military.
Some stars, such as Chuck Norris or Elvis Presley, were famously in the armed forces — while others may come as more of a surprise.
Check out 23 icons who served in the armed forces, including a baseball great, two famous reclusive novelists, and one “Golden Girl.”
This report was also written by Jennifer Michalski.
Comedian Drew Carey started performing stand-up comedy during his six years in the Marines.
In 1981, Drew Carey entered the United States Marine Corps Reserve, a stint that lasted six years.
It was during his service that he first started performing stand-up comedy.
“While in the Marine Reserves, I was looking for a way to make some more money, and it was suggested that I try using my jokes,” he later said.
Carey, who teamed up with the United Services Organization, has since visited military bases in Iraq to perform comedy for troops stationed there.
Hugh Hefner got his start in publishing while in the US Army.
Before Playboy existed, Hefner had a successful career in the military.
In 1944, after graduating high school, Hefner enlisted in the Army as an infantry clerk.
He frequently contributed cartoons for various military newspapers before he was discharged in 1946.
Bea Arthur was a typist and truck driver in the Marines.
Before she landed a lead role in “Golden Girls,” Bea Arthur served in the Marine Corps.
Though she once flat out denied it, The Smoking Gun dug up files proving the actress had served 30 months in the Marines as a typist and truck driver.
According to a personal account detailing her reasons for joining, a then-21-year-old Arthur said she “heard … that enlistments for women in the Marines were open, so decided the only thing to do was to join.”
On a personality appraisal sheet, Arthur was described as both argumentative and frank.
She was initially a typist in Washington D.C., and was then sent to air stations in Virgina and North Carolina. Arthur was honorably discharged in 1945 with the title of staff sergeant.
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