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The Voice of Darth Vader Was an Army Officer Who Almost Became a Doctor

January 4, 2022

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The world of medicine lost a potential great in the summer of 1953, but the U.S. Army and the world of film and television benefited from its loss. That was the year James Earl Jones graduated from the University of Michigan and was commissioned a second lieutenant instead of going to medical school.

Jones would have entered the Army that summer, regardless of his future plans. He attended Michigan as a pre-med student, funded by the university’s Reserve Officer Training Corps. While in college, he became disillusioned with the idea of becoming a doctor but found that he thrived in the military culture.

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