Who Knew These 17 Celebrities Are Military Veterans?

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When our country called, Hollywood answered

One of the most noble, honorable and selfless acts an American citizen can carry out is service in the US military, and celebrities have heard the call.

The list of 17 famous Hollywood types is in no way inclusive.  There are many more brave souls who have given to their country.  These courageous heroes below represent all branches of the service, Army, Marines, Air Force and Navy.  Their service ranges from World War II through the War in Iraq.

Each one has an interesting story.  We got a kick out of #7 on the list.  We can just picture her bullying around tough marines.

Check out our top 8 celebrities below:

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CLINT EASTWOOD

“American Sniper” and “Letters From Iwo Jima” director Clint Eastwood was drafted by the US Army during the Korean War while he was enrolled at Seattle University. Stationed at Fort Ord for basic training, Eastwood was aboard a Douglas Ad bomber that ran out of fuel and crashed in the ocean. The pilot and himself were able to escape and swim three miles to safety.

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PAT SAJAK

The “Wheel of Fortune” host joined the US Army in 1968 and was sent to Vietnam, where he served as a disc jockey on the Armed Forces Radio. He later admitted to accidentally botching President Nixon’s 1969 Christmas address to the troops when he cut the feed prematurely.

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ELVIS PRESLEY

During the height of his career, the “King of Rock n’ Roll” was inducted into the US Army in 1958. It was while he was stationed in Friedberg, Germany that Elvis was introduced to amphetamines, karate and his future wife Priscilla. He also donated his Army pay to charity, bought TV sets for the base and bought extra sets of fatigues for everyone in his outfit.

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TOM SELLECK

The “Magnum, P.I.” actor served in the 160th Infantry Regiment of the California Army National Guard from 1967 to 1973, while he was still early in his career. During that time, he took small parts on TV, movies and commercials.

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MORGAN FREEMAN

After graduating from Broad Street High School, Morgan Freeman turned down a partial drama scholarship from Jackson State University and instead opted to enlist in the US Air Force. Serving as an Automatic Tracking Radar Repairman, he was able to rise to the honored rank of Airman 1st Class.

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CHUCK NORRIS

Perhaps due to a childhood where he described himself as “non-athletic, shy and scholastically mediocre,” Chuck Norris decided to join the US Air Force as an Air Policeman. It was while he was at the Osan Air Base in South Korea that he acquired the nickname Chuck (his real name is Carlos) and learned Tang Soo Do, which would spark his interest in martial arts and later help to launch his career.

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BEA ARTHUR

During World War II, the future “Golden Girl” served in the U.S. Marine Corps. She was a truck-driving Marine. How awesome is that?

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RICHARD PRYOR

The famed comedian served in the US Army from 1958 to 1960, though he spent virtually all of that time in army prison. While stationed in Germany, Pryor and fellow black soldiers were angered at a white soldier who was overly amused at the racially charged portions of the film “Imitation of Life,” and proceeded to beat and stab him.

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