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Celebrities You Forgot Were Veterans

There are a number of notable rockers and other celebrities that served in the military (looking at you, Elvis), but there are also a number of entertainers you may not remember also enlisted.

This Veterans Day, we take at some public figures you may have forgot were also veterans.


Bob Ross – The first two words you think of when talking about Bob Ross is likely “Happy Trees” and not “Master Sergeant,” but that’s the highest rank the host of “The Joy Of Painting” held in his 20 years with the Air Force.

James Doohan – Before he was Montgomery “Scotty” Scott on Star Trek, Doohan served in the Canadian Army and fought at Normandy on D-Day where he was shot a number of times, including a shot to the chest that was stopped by a cigarette case.


Leonard Nimoy – Star Trek’s Mr. Spock joined the United States Army Reserves and earned the rank of sergeant before being discharged in 1955.


Mel Brooks – The famous filmmaker was drafted into the Army during World War II where he diffused land mines as a combat engineer.


Mr. T – Before he stepped in the ring with Rocky or joined The A-Team, Mr. T joined the Army and served in the Military Police Corps.



Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock reporter who never leaves home without her iPod, because to her, there’s something very comforting about carrying around every piece of music she’s ever owned in her life.