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10 Celebrities You Never Knew Served in the Military

Sometimes, it takes a holiday such as Veteran’s Day to get us to really think about other people. I, for one, am guilty of taking the veterans of our country for granted. It’s not that I don’t appreciate them; I just don’t think about it unless we become embroiled in a conflict or until the pundits start talking about the threat of war. But I am grateful for people who sacrifice for our country. They are special, and we should do more for veterans.

Take a look at this beautiful video of a simple makeover for a homeless United States army veteran named Jim Wolf. His transformation made me cry — not because it is so stunning (it is), but because such small gestures can change lives. How often do we make them?

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I’m grateful to our country’s veterans! They are the closest thing to real-life superheroes that we’ve got. And believe me, I’ve given a great deal of thought to superheroes existing in real life. So in honor of our veterans on Veteran’s Day, let’s take a look at some celebrities who sacrificed and served in the military. You might be surprised by some of them!

  • Celebrities Who Have Served in the Military 1 of 11
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  • Jimi Hendrix Was in the Army 2 of 11
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    As a teenager, Jimi Hendrix got caught riding in stolen cars. He was given the choice between prison and military service. In 1961, he joined the U.S. Army. In 1962, he received an honorable discharge based on unsuitability. He went on to live a brilliant but brief life as a rock star. He died at age 27.

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  • Julia Child Worked for the Office of Strategic Services 3 of 11
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    Julia Child joined the Office of Strategic Services because she was too tall to join the Navy or the Women's Army Corps! She became a top secret researcher, and her military file was only declassified in 2008. The fascinating and talented lady made her mark by bringing French cuisine to the Untied States.

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  • Gene Wilder Was Drafted into the Army 4 of 11
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    Gene Wilder was drafted into the U.S. Army on September 10, 1956. He was discharged in 1957 when his mother died of ovarian cancer. That's right — Willy Wonka was drafted!

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  • Mr. T Was in the Army 5 of 11
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    Mr. T (Laurence Tureaud) enlisted in the U.S. Army and was promoted to squad leader. I pity the drill sergeant who orders him to drop and do 20.

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  • Drew Carey Was a Marine 6 of 11
    Drew Carey attends the 2011 CBS Upfront at Lincoln Center

    Your favorite game show host enlisted in the U.S. Marines and served for 6 years before going into stand-up comedy. 

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  • Elvis Presley Was in the Army 7 of 11
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    The King was inducted into the U.S. Army in 1958 as a private, after his career had already exploded. Unfortunately, it's believed that Elvis Presley was introduced to amphetamines while serving in the army. His lifelong struggle with addiction started on base. Talk about "G.I. Blues."

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  • Bill Cosby Was in the Navy 8 of 11
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    Serving in the U.S. Navy, Bill Cosby worked in physical therapy with seriously injured Korean War veterans. Then he went to college, ran track, played football, and became a world-famous stand-up comedian, TV star, and activist. Like you do.

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  • Ice-T Was in the Army 9 of 11
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    Born Tracy Marrow, Ice-T joined the U.S. Army for the financial benefits because he had a girlfriend and a daughter to support. He was not exactly a model soldier, but he did serve for several years.

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  • Josephine Baker Was with French Military Intelligence 10 of 11
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    During World War II, the amazing and unique Josephine Baker served as a French Military Intelligence agent. She used her celebrity cover to gather and pass intelligence about the Germans.

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  • Bea Arthur Served in the Marine Corps 11 of 11
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    During World War II in 1943, our beloved golden girl served in the U.S. Marine Corps.

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