Controversial, blunt and above all funny, George Carlin is probably the biggest surprise on our list of veterans. He dropped out of high school in 1954, so he joined the Air Force so he can take advantage of the G.I. Bill to cover the costs of his broadcasting school. Carlin was a radar technician in Barksdale Air Force Base in Bossier City, Louisiana. When he thinks of his days in service, Carlin said that he was proud he wasn’t dishonorably discharged.
Morgan Freeman was so in love with the idea of flying that he joined the U.S. Air Force in 1955 instead of choosing a scholarship from Jackson State University. Finally, he got the chance to qualify as a fighter pilot, but soon, he realized that his dream job would actually make him feel like sitting in the nose of a bomb. Freeman knew what he must do and didn’t hesitate to act on his gut instinct. He left the Air Force in 1959.and for that, he was awarded one freckle a year for the rest of his life.
There is a whole universe of short jokes inspired by Chuck Norris and his seemingly invincible status. Yet that all might not have happened had he not decided to join the Air Force after finishing his high school. He wanted a career in law enforcement, so he joined the USAF security police. He was stationed in Korea where he soon found out that pulling out a gun will not help him in dealing with rowdy drunks. This influenced him to learn some of the local Korean martial arts, including Taekwondo and Tang Soo Do. He is the first Westerner who was granted an eighth-degree Black Belt in Tae Kwan Do. Norris was made an honorary United States Marine on March 28, 2007. You don’t find the ones like Chuck on some military dating sites, no sir!
Long before Eastwood walked around and asked not so law-abiding citizens “do they feel lucky”, he served in the Arm as a swimming instructor. Luck and fate made a deal and his swimming skills came in handy one day. We are referring to a time when his Navy torpedo bomber developed engine problem and was forced to crash in San Francisco Bay. Clint swam over a mile to the shore, fighting the tide and foretelling his own character’s watery sufferings in “Escape from Alcatraz.” Not bad for a Blondie!
The man who is widely known as “the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll” should be the crown of our list. He entered the Army as a regular GI on March 24, 1958. His joining was an event seldom seen before or after in popular music. Presley was stationed at Ft. Hood for his Basic Training and later was assigned to the unit called ‘Hell on Wheels’ that belonged to the Second Armored Division. Following that he was assigned to the Third Armored ‘Spearhead’ Division, and was stationed in a town called Friedberg in Germany. During this time he met his future wife Priscilla Beaulieu, and soon enough they’ve become military pen pals. Throughout his service, he reached the rank of sergeant and was honorably discharged on March 5, 1960. We remember The King!