CELEBRITIES WHO RISKED THEIR LIVES SERVING IN THE MILITARY
Added on: 6th Dec 2016
Shortly after Elvis Presley was hailed as the King of Rock
and Roll, he was inducted into the Fort Chaffee U.S. Army
as a private and was assigned near Ford Smith in
Arkansas. After his basic training at Fort Hood, he became
part of the 3rd Armoured Division in Friedberg, Germany
and was paid ordinary wages. He donated most of his
earnings to charity.
Italian American singer Anthony Dominick Benedetto,
more popularly known as Tony Bennett, was drafted into
the United States Army during World War II and
underwent special training at Fort Dix and Fort Robinson
to be promoted as an infantry rifleman. Sometime in
1945, he was also assigned as a replacement to the
255th Infantry Regiment of the 63rd Infantry Division.
Born on January 28, 1936, American actor and director
Alan Alda finished his studies in Paris and was an active
Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) member.
Shortly after he graduated college, he decided to join
the US Army Reserve and underwent basic training
as a gunnery officer within a period of six months.
He also served for a year at Fort Benning in Georgia.
Film, theatre and television actor Charlton Heston has
always been a political activist. In 1944, he enlisted in
the United States Army Air Forces and became a radio
operator and an aerial gunner at B-25 Mitchell, which
was then stationed around the Alaskan Aleutian Islands
with the Eleventh Air Force. He served the military for
two years and became a Staff Sergeant before he rose
to fame as an actor.
Best known for his private investigator role in the
television series Magnum P.I., Tom Selleck was once
part of the 160th Infantry Regiment of the
California Army National Guard where he served as
a soldier. In the course of his stay in the military,
his unit was stationed in Los Angeles in order to
control the historical six-day L.A. riot known
as Watts Riots.
Italian immigrant and multi-awarded actor Ernest Borgnine
joined the United States Navy sometime in 1935,
shortly after he graduated high school from
James Hill House High School in Connecticut.
After he was discharged in 1941, he enlisted again
to serve the military, particularly the United States Navy.
Following the bombing of Pearl Harbour, he was
promoted as the gunner’s mate 1st class rank
and held several other positions.
Sir Sidney Poitier is a Bahamian-American actor who
was named as one of the Greatest Male Stars of All Time
in 1999. At age 15, he moved to New York City and
worked as a dishwasher and waiter. His desire to serve
the United States Army during his late adolescence
came after reading a newspaper and learning about
the need for more military volunteers in the United States.
Born Terence Stephen McQueen, Steve McQueen is an
American actor best known for his role in The King of Cool.
In 1947, he joined the United States Marine Corps where
he was immediately promoted as Private First Class.
He was also assigned to serve an armoured unit but
was demoted because of his rebellious behaviour.
After 41 days in military prison, he was assigned as
the security honour guard of the private yacht of
President Harry Truman.
American actor William Clark Gable joined the U.S.
Army Air Corps in 1942 as a gunner on an aircrew,
following the death of his wife. He underwent several
trainings and entered the USAAF OCS Class 42-E
months after, where he was commissioned as
2nd Lieutenant. In 1943, he also headed a six-man
team at RAF Polebrook 351st in the United Kingdom.