Veteran’s Day: Famous People You Didn’t Know Were Veterans

By November 9, 2012

Veteran’s Day is Sunday November 11th and we at GeekNation wanted to express our gratitude to anyone and everyone who has served or is currently serving our country in the armed forces at home or abroad. It’s a day to show your respect to those who risk their lives to keep us safe and keep our country strong, and we just want to say thank you.

I thought it would be fun to celebrate the holiday by taking a look at some famous people you probably know, that are actually veterans. I’ll bet some will surprise you!

Drew Carey

Did you know that Drew served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps?


Tracy Lauren Marrow, a.k.a. “Ice-T”

Ice T graduated from Crenshaw High School and then spent four years as a soldier.


Chuck Norris

Chuck Norris served in the U.S. Air Force. Probably not that surprising.


Morgan Freeman

Morgan Freeman joined the United States Air Force in 1955 at the age of 18.


Elvis Presley

Elvis joined the army and served for two years in the Army’s finest Armored Tank Divisions.


Montel Williams

Talk show host Montel Williams enlisted in the U.S. Marines right after graduating high school.


Mel Brooks

NO, not THAT military! Did you know that Brooks was not only a corporal in the U.S. Army, but he graduated from the Virginia Military Institute and served in World War II, AND on occasion, he even defused landmines. That’s pretty intense!


Lee Marvin

Before “The Dirty Dozen” and so many other classic films, Lee Marvin served as a real Marine wounded at the Battle of Saipan.


Oliver Stone

Oliver Stone joined the military in 1967 and went to Vietnam. He received a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart for his service. That’s also where he got his inspiration for some of his films.


Stanley Kirk Burrell, a.k.a. “MC Hammer”

Stanley spent three years as an Aviation Storekeeper 3rd Class before inventing the Hammer Dance.


Former Vice President Al Gore

Gore enlisted in the Army in 1969, despite his opposition to the war, and fought in the Vietnam War.

Clint Eastwood

Before Clint Eastwood started talking to chairs, he was drafted into the Army and served during the Korea war.

Bill Cosby

Did you know that comedian Bill Cosby trained as a hospital corpsman and served aboard ships at sea and at the Marine base in Quantico, Va.?

Most veterans aren’t famous, thought they should all be famous in my opinion. It’s important to know that anyone could be a veteran, from the person up on the movie screen, to the guy sitting next to you on the bus. Support your veterans and show them some love this weekend!

Happy Veteran’s Day!

To see a more extensive list of famous veterans visit the Biography Channel website.