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Old 02-28-2009, 09:12 PM
 
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Harvey Keitel was in the Marines. I think Nate Dogg was too, not sure.
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Old 03-01-2009, 01:46 PM
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Rapper Ice-T served in the Army's 25th Infantry Div. and talk show host Montel Williams left the Navy as a Lt. Commander.
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Old 03-03-2009, 12:00 PM
 
Location: Londonderry, NH
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Let us not forget Audy Murphy who was awarded Medal of Honor in WW2. His book "To Hell and Back" is one of the definitive war stories of all time. How he made sanitized war movies after he came home is beyond me.

If I made a movie about Nam I would need only three colors: Red, Blue and Green.
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Old 04-14-2015, 03:30 PM
 
Location: Southern California
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Sherman Hemsley (George Jefferson on The Jeffersons) was an Air Force Veteran. He's buried at Ft. Bliss National Cemetery.

Bill Cosby was a Navy Hospital Corpsman.

Jimi Hendrix served in the 101st Airborne.

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Old 04-20-2015, 11:02 AM
 
Location: Herndon, VA
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Wrong.

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Don Knots was a former Drill Instructor.
Don Knotts - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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An urban legend claims that Knotts served in the United States Marine Corps during World War II, serving as a drill instructor at Parris Island. In reality, Knotts enlisted in the United States Army after graduating from Morgantown High School and spent most of his service entertaining troops.
snopes.com: Don Knotts — Marine Drill Instructor?

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Although the U.S. was in the midst of fighting World War II at the time, Don Knotts saw no combat (and was certainly not a drill sergeant) — he was tapped for a special services unit and spent his hitch touring the Pacific Islands to entertain troops as a comedian in a G.I. variety show.
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Old 04-20-2015, 12:31 PM
 
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^^ Thanks for jumping in. That's up there with the urban myth that Captain Kangaroo was a war hero.

There are several books out on Hollywood actors who served in the armed forces during WWII.

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Old 04-20-2015, 12:40 PM
 
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A lot (most) of the guys I watched on TV while growing up served in WWII, to include: Jimmy Stewart, Eddie Albert, Rod Serling, George Kennedy, Tony Curtis, Ernest Borgnine, Clark Gable, Mel Brooks, Gene Autry, Jack Palance, Robert Stack, Russell Johnson, Walter Mathau, etc. etc.
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Old 04-20-2015, 12:47 PM
 
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I agree with the heart of your theory - Hollywood puts out bad depictions of the military because most of the talent & decision makers have never been in the military.

Almost all the names given here were draftees. How many All volunteer force vets are in Hollywood?

You are quite simply wrong: Almost everyone (and, possibly, everyone) on that list was a volunteer.
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Old 04-20-2015, 06:15 PM
 
Location: San Diego CA
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Hendrix did serve in the 101st Airborne but was never a paratrooper. He was a private in a Maintenance Battalion and served as a supply clerk. In fact he was never even able to qualify with a rifle. After a series of infractions and disciplinary actions he was recommended for an undesirable discharge and left the service.
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Old 04-20-2015, 06:21 PM
 
Location: New Mexico U.S.A.
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I always heard he did get an honorable...

Hendrix - From: Jimi Hendrix - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

"An alleged ankle injury during a parachute jump gave Young Hendrix the opportunity to bow out of active duty with an honorable discharge, and he was happy to oblige."
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