Memorial Day is a time for Americans to be thankful for the freedom and liberty that they live with each and every day. Without the brave men and women who make up our armed forces, we would not be as blessed and fortunate as we are.
So today, we say “Thank You” to our soldiers, some of whom have passed on after making the ultimate sacrifice for their country.
What you are going to read about are 10 high-profile veterans of the United States Military who also sacrificed for us. Some of them you may already be aware that they’ve served, while news of others serving may be of complete shock to you.
Name: Tony Bennett
Military Background: Anthony Dominick Benedetto, a.k.a. Tony Bennett, narrowly escaped death several times while fighting in World War II. Serving in the latter stages of the war, he joined the front line in March 1945, later describing the experience as a “front-row seat in hell.”
Name: Humphrey Bogart
Military Background: Expelled from prep school for bad behavior, Bogart joined the Navy in 1918, and served aboard a transport vessel used to carry American troops to France in World War I. During World War II, Bogart was a tireless supporter of Red Cross fund-raising campaigns.
Name: Dave Thomas
Profession: Wendy’s Founder
Military Background: Dave Thomas volunteered for the U.S. Army shortly after the Korean War began. He already had food production and service experience, so he was sent overseas to Germany as a mess sergeant and was responsible for the daily meals of 2,000 soldiers.
Name: Ronald Reagan
Profession: Former Actor & U.S. President
Military Background: Because of his Hollywood experience — and poor eyesight — he was transferred to the Army Air Corps’ 1st Motion Picture Unit soon after being called up for active duty. That unit produced over 400 training films for the military during the war.
Name: Montel Williams
Profession: Television Host & Actor
Military Background: Williams enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps upon graduating high school in 1974. Williams retired after 22 years of service as a Lieutenant Commander in the US Navy Reserve.
Name: Ted Williams
Profession: Former Left Fielder for the Boston Red Sox
Military Background: Red Sox legend Ted Williams gave up the prime of his career to serve as a fighter pilot in World War II. He also served 1 year in the Korean War as well.
Name: Johnny Carson
Profession: Former Television Host & Comedian
Military Background: Late-night TV legend Johnny Carson joined the U.S. Navy in 1943 and served as a communications officer in charge of decoding encrypted messages.
Name: Elvis Presley
Profession: King of Rock N’ Roll
Military Background: On March 24, 1958 he was officially inducted into the army as a private at Fort Chaffee in Arkansas. A HUGE star at the time, Elvis earned the respect of his fellow comrades by not being treated any differently. In fact, his entire army pay went directly to charity. He even bought TV sets for the base and purchased extra fatigues for the men in his group.
Name: Bill Cosby
Profession: Actor & Comedian
Military Background: After performing multiple odd jobs to help support the family, Cosby joined the Navy and served as a Hospital Corpsman for 4 years. The future comedic actor helped bring back to health seriously injured veterans of the Korean War.
Name: Clint Eastwood
Profession: Actor, Director
Military Background: While on leave in 1951, the future Dirty Harry star was a passenger onboard a bomber that ran out of fuel and crashed into the ocean near Point Reyes. After escaping from the sinking aircraft, he and the pilot swam 3 miles to safety.
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Andrew Celani, 103.3 WODS/Boston