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Famous Veterans: 8 Musicians

May 3, 2019

From the We Are the Mighty website

When you think of famous musicians who have honorably served in the United States Armed Forces, the mind immediately goes to Elvis Presley — and how could it not? Photos abound of the handsome, young Elvis in a crisp Army uniform. When he arrived at the airport to attend basic training, the airport was mobbed with screaming fans.

Upon being drafted, Elvis Presley entered the United States Army in spring of 1958 and served until spring of 1960, receiving his discharge from the Army Reserve in 1964. At the time of his draft, he was the most well-known entertainer in the Armed Forces, but he didn’t let his fame get in the way of service. Despite being offered a safer, cushier role in the Special Services as more of an entertainer and recruiting tool, Elvis chose instead to serve as a regular soldier.

However, Elvis isn’t the only famed musician to serve their country. Let’s look at eight other musicians you might be surprised to learn served their country in the United States Armed Forces.


Johnny Cash was the subject of an earlier Retiree News post

Other earlier Retiree News posts about famous veterans include:

Bob Crane (actor)
Dick Gephardt (politician)
Tom Selleck (actor)
Jamie Farr (actor)
Gene Roddenberry (screen writer/producer)
Morgan Freeman (actor/producer)
Pat Sajak (game show host)
Clint Eastwood (actor/producer)
Chuck Norris (actor/producer)
Sherman Hemsley (actor)
James Earl Jones (actor)
Kris Kristofferson (singer/actor)

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