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Famous Soldiers

Here is a list of famous Soldiers, by no means is this a complete list. I will add to it as often as I can.This includes Soldiers that were famous for their heroic actions as well as celebrities that were soldiers.

Politicians


Strom Thurmond -  Born December 5, 1902 in Endgefield and Died June 26, 2003 in Edgefield. US Senator. In 1942, after the U.S. formally entered WWII, Judge Thurmond resigned from the bench to serve in the U.S. Army, rising to Lieutenant Colonel. For his military service, he received 18 decorations, medals and awards. 

Joycelyn Elders (Surgeon General) -- After working as a nurse's aide in a Veterans Administration hospital in Milwaukee for a period, she joined the United States Army in May 1953. During her three years she was trained as a physical therapist.

Daniel Inouye - Born September 7, 1924 December 17, 2012 (88) US Senator US Army 1943-'47; Medal of Honor, World War Two. Inouye was a World War II hero and Medal of Honor recipient who lost an arm to a German hand grenade during a battle in Italy. He became the first Japanese-American to serve in Congress, when he was elected to the House in 1959, the year Hawaii became a state. He won election to the Senate three years later and served there longer than anyone in American history except Robert Byrd of West Virginia, who died in 2010 after 51 years in the Senate.

Ted Kennedy Senator. Kennedy enlisted in the United States Army in June 1951 (signing up for an optional four-year term, which was shortened to the minimum two years after his father intervened). Following basic training at Fort Dix he went to Camp Gordon for training in the Military Police Corps. His father's political connections ensured he was not deployed to the ongoing Korean War. He was discharged in March 1953 as a private first class.

Al Gore -- Former Vice President. Enlist in the U.S. Army in August 1969. After basic training, Gore was assigned as a military journalist for the base newspaper at Fort Rucker. With seven months left in his enlistment, Gore was shipped to Vietnam, arriving in January 1971. He served with the 20th engineer Brigade in Bien Hoa and at the Army Engineer Command in Long Binh.

George McGovern -- Historian, author, and former U.S. Representative, US Senator, and the Democratic Party presidential nominee in the 1972 presidential election.  McGovern was discharged from the Army Air Forces in July 1945, with the rank of First Lieutenant. He was also awarded the  Air Medal with three oak leaf clusters, one instance of which was for the safe landing on his final mission.

Chris Dodd (D-CT) - US Senator U.S. During law school served briefly in the Army Reserves, 1968-1975.

Mike DukakisServed as the 65th and 67th Governor of Massachusetts. Served in the U.S. Army 19551957, stationed in Korea.

Walter Mondale -- Former Vice President. He did not have enough money to attend law school. He enlisted in the U.S. Army and served for two years at Fort Knox during the Korean War, reaching the rank of corporal. Through the support of the G.I. Bill, he was able to attend law school, and graduated from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1956

Colin Powell- 65 Secretary of State. Colin Powell, born on April 5, 1937 In Harlem, New York, rose through the military to become a leading Army General. He was selected Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under President George W. Bush in 1989 and in 2001 became Secretary of State under George H.W. Bush; Powell was the first African-American in either role. He later criticized the H.W. Bush's policies and wrote a memoir.  

Charles Rangel- US Representative Staff Sgt., U.S. Army 1948-52; Bronze Star, Korea

Ronald Reagan - US President. After completing fourteen home-study Army Extension Courses, Reagan enlisted in the Army Enlisted Reserve on April 29, 1937, as a private assigned to Troop B, 322nd Cavalry. He was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Officers Reserve Corps of the cavalry on May 25, 1937.

Reagan was ordered to active duty for the first time on April 18, 1942. Due to his nearsightedness, he was classified for limited service only, which excluded him from serving overseas.

Actors

Efrem Zimbalist Jr - Born November 30, 1918 - May 3, 2014. Zimbalist attended Yale University in the late 1930s, worked as a page for NBC radio in New York, and served in the army for five years during World War II. During the War he served in the infantry, receiving a Purple Heart for a shrapnel wound in his leg.  Zimbalist has written an autobiography, My Dinner of Herbs.

Alan Alda -- Born January 28, 1936. In college, he was a member of the ROTC, and after graduation, he served for a year at Fort Benning, Georgia, then joined the US Army Reserves, and served for six months as a gunner officer.

Andy Rooney (60 Minutes) - Born January 14, 1919 November 4, 2011.  Rooney was drafted into the Army in August 1941 and  began his career in newspapers writing for Stars and Stripes (newspaper) in London during World War II.

Art Carney -- Born November 4, 1918 November 9, 2003. Carney was drafted as an infantryman during WWII. During the Battle of Normandy, he was wounded in the leg by shrapnel and walked with a limp for the rest of his life.

Audie Murphy -- Born June 20, 1924 May 28, 1971. Was one of the most famous and decorated American combat soldiers of World War II. He served in the Mediterranean and  European Theater of Operations where he was presented the Medal of Honor and several other decorations for heroism in combat including decorations from France and Belgium. He was born into poverty on a farm in northeast Texas and was named  for two family friends who kept the Murphys from starving. Murphy lied about his age to enlist in the military and follow  his dream of becoming a soldier. He was only 19 years old when he was awarded the Medal of Honor. Murphy always maintained  that the medals belonged to his entire military unit. His postwar stress caused him to sleep with a loaded gun under his pillow, looking for solace in addictive sleeping pills. Murphy drew public attention to what would in later wars be labeled post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The Audie L. Murphy Memorial Veterans Hospital in San Antonio is named for him.

Burgess Meredith - Born November 16, 1907 September 9, 1997.  US Army Air Corps. Meredith served in the in WWII, reaching the rank of Captain. He was discharged in 1944 to work on the movie Story of G.I. Joe, in which he starred as the popular war correspondent Earnie Pyle.

Burt Lancaster -- Born November 2, 1913 October 20, 1994. Was an American film actor noted for his athletic physique, blue eyes and distinctive smile. The United States having then entered World War II, Lancaster joined  and performed with the Army's Twenty-First Special Service Division, one of the military groups organized to follow the troops on the ground and provide USO entertainment to keep up morale. He served with General Mark Clark's Fifth Army in Italy from 19431945.

Carl Reiner -- Born March 20, 1922. An American actor, film director, producer, writer, and comedian. He served with an entertainment unit during World War II from 1943 - 1946.

Charles Bronson -- Born November 3, 1921 August 30, 2003. In 1943, Bronson enlisted in the United States Army Air Forces and served as an aerial gunner in the 760th Flexible Gunnery Training Squadron, and in 1945 as a B-29 Superfortress crewman with the 39th Bombardment Group based on Gaum. He was awarded a Purple Heart for wounds received during his service.

Charles Durning-  Born February 28, 1923 - December 24, 2012. US Army ranger during WWII. Earned three Purple Hearts, and the Silver Star.

Charlton Heston -- Born October 4, 1923  April 5, 2008 In 1944, Heston enlisted in the United States Army Air Forces. He served for two years as a radio operator and aerial gunner. He reached the rank of Staff Sergeant. Heston married student Lydia Marie Clark in the same year he joined the military. After his service and rise to fame, Heston was chosen as a narrator for highly classified Military documents.

Clint Eastwood--  Born May 31, 1930. American film actor, director, producer, composer, and politician. Eastwood first came to prominence as a supporting cast member in the TV series Rawhide (19591966). In 1951 during the Korean War, Eastwood was drafted by the Army and assigned to Fort Ord in California, where he served as a lifeguard and swimming instructor from 1950-1954. While on leave in 1951, he was a passenger on Navy plane that ran out of fuel and crashed into the ocean near Point Reyes. Escaping from the sinking aircraft, he and the pilot swam 3 miles to safety. After his discharge in 1953, Eastwood attended L.A. City College and studied drama under the GI Bill. He landed a $75-a-week contract with Universal Studios, and played bit parts in "Francis the Talking Mule" and "Revenge of the Creature." International fame followed from his "spaghetti" westerns, Dirty Harry movies, and his Oscars for The Unforgiven.

Eli Wallach --  Born December 7, 1915.  American film, television and stage actor who gained fame in the late 1950s. Wallach served as a Army staff sergeant in a military hospital in Hawii during WWII. He was soon sent to OCS in Texas to train as a medical administrative officer. He graduated as a Second Lieutenant and was sent to Madison Barracks in upstate New York.

Frank Gorshin - Born April 5, 1933 May 17, 2005. American actor and comedian of Croatian ancestry. He was perhaps best known as an impressionist, with many guest appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show and Tonight Starring Steve Allen. In 1953, Gorshin was drafted into the Army and was posted in Germany. He served for a year and a half as an entertainer attached to Special Services.

George Kennedy -- Born February 18, 1925. American actor know for a convict in "Cool Hand Luke" Kennedy put aside show business during WWII and served in the United States Army for 16 years, seeing combat and working in the Armed Forces radio. He was involved with the opening of the first Army Information Office, which provided technical assistance to films and TV shows. After retiring from the military (reportedly because of a back injury), Kennedy found his way back to the entertainment industry.

Jack Palance -- Born February 18, 1919 November 10, 2006 American actor was in the U.S. Army Air Corps. ... served honorably in a U.S. Army's special services unit and held the rank of lieutenant during World War II and was discharged in 1944.

Jack Warden -- Born September 18, 1920 July 19, 2006 101 Actor. In 1941, he joined the United States Merchant Marines but, quickly tiring of the long convoy runs, he switched to the Army 1942 where he served as a paratrooper in the 501st with the elite 101st Airborne Division during WWII. After leaving the military with the rank of Master Sergeant, he moved to New York City and studied acting on the GI Bill.

Jackie Coogan -- Born October 26, 1914 March 1, 1984, Actor, best know as Uncle Festor in the 1960's sit com The Addams Family. Coogan enlisted in the Army in March 1941. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, he requested a transfer to United States Army Air Forces as a glider pilot because of his civilian flying experience. After graduating from glider school, he was made a flight officer and he volunteered for hazardous duty with the 1st Air Commando Group. In December 1943, the unit was sent to India. He flew British troops, the Chindits, under General Orde Wingate on March 5, 1944, landing them at night in a small jungle clearing 100 miles behind Japanese lines in the Burma campaign.

James Arness -- Born May 26, 1923 June 3, 2011 Best know for his his charactor Matt Dillon in Gunsmoke; An infantry soldier during World War II, Arness took part in the landings at Anzio, Italy. It was during this battle that he was shot in the foot and wound up losing part of it, an injury that made it difficult for him to walk for extended stretches. When shooting movies or TV shows, any scenes that required extensive walking would be shot early in the morning, before his feet and knees started giving out. During his service in World War II, Arness received the Bronze Star; the Purple Heart; the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with three bronze campaign stars; the World War II Victory Medal and the Combat Infantryman Badge.

James Earl Jones -- Born January 17, 1931. An American Actor. Jones is the most distinguished and versatile actors in American history. Since his broadway debut in 1957, Jones has won several awards, including a Toney Award and Golden Globe Award for his role in The Great White Hope. He is also known for his voice acting role as Darth Vader as well as many film, stage, and television roles. As a child Jones overcame a stutter that lasted for several years. After college, he went on to serve as an Army Rangerduring the Korean War, before dedicating his career to acting. Jones was promoted to first Lieutentant prior to his discharge. He then moved to New York, where he studied at the American Theatre Wing, working as a janitor to support himself. During an interview with the BBC on November 11, 2009 Jones admitted that he "washed out" of Ranger training.

Mickey Rooney -- Born Joseph Yule, Jr. on September 23, 1920 - April 6, 2014, An American film actor and entertainer whose film, television, and stage appearances span nearly his entire lifetime. In 1944, Rooney entered military service. He served more than 21 months, until shortly after the end of World War II. During and after the war he helped entertain the troops in America and Europe, and spent part of the time as a radio personality on the American Forces Network (AFN) and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for entertaining troops in combat zones.

Norman Fell -- Born March 24, 1924 December 14, 1998. Was an  American actor of film television famous for his role as landlord Mr. Roper Three's Company and its spin-off, The Roper's. In college he studied drama at Temple University after serving as a tail gunner in the United States Arny Air Forces during WWII.

Ossie Davis -- Born Raiford Chatman Davis, December 18, 1917 February 4, 2005.  Served in the U.S. Army during World War II as a medical technician

Robert Duval -- Born January 5, 1931. A American actor and director. He has won an Academy Award, two Emmy Awards, four Golden Globe Awards. Duvall served two years in the Army during the Korean. He explained in 1984, "That's led to some confusion in the press. Some stories have me shooting it out with the Commies from a foxhole over in Frozen Chosen. Pork Chop Hill stuff. Hell, I barely qualified with the M-1 rifle bootcamp. He then attended Principia College in Elsah, Illinois which he use the GI Bill.

Rod Serling -- Born December 25, 1924 June 28, 1975. Best known for the TV series, The Twilight Zone. Serling enlisted into the U.S. Army the morning after his high school graduation, following his brother Robert. Serling began his military career in 1943 at Camp Toccoa, Georgia, and served in the 511th Parashute Infantry Regiment and the 11th Airborne Division.

Werner Klemperer -- Born March 22, 1920 December 6, 2000.  Was a comedic and dramatic actor, best known for his role as Colonel Klink on the television sitcom, Hogan's Heroes. While stationed in Hawaii, he joined the Army's Special Services unit, spending the next years touring the Pacific entertaining the troops. At the end of the war, he worked on Broadway before moving into television.

William Holden -- Born April 17, 1918 November 12, 1981. Served as a 2nd lieutenant in the United States Army Air Forces during WWII, where he acted in training films for the First Motion Picture Unit.


Singers

Elvis A. Presley --
  Born January 8, 1935 August 16, 1977. Was an American singer and actor. Drafted into military service in 1958, Presley relaunched his recording career two years later with some of his most commercially successful work. He staged few concerts however, and guided by Parker, proceeded to devote much of the 1960s to making Hollywood movies and soundtrack albums, most of them critically derided.

Glen Miller -- Born March 1, 1904 Missing in action. While he was traveling to entertain U.S. troops in France during WWII, Glenn Miller's aircraft disappeared in bad weather over the English Channel. He was one of the best-selling recording artists from 1939 to 1943, leading one of the best known big bands.

Tony Bennett -- Born Anthony Dominick Benedetto on August 3, 1926. Bennett was drafted into the Army in November 1944, during the final stages of WWII. Upon his discharge from the Army and return to the States in 1946, Benedetto studied at the American Theatre Wing on the GI Bill.


Kristoffer Kristofferson -- Born June 22, 1936 - Kris Kristofferson's father was a United States Air Force general who pushed his son to a military career. Kris was a Golden Gloves boxer and went to Pomona College in California and received a B.A. in creative Literature and graduated in 1958. From there, he earned a Rhodes scholarship to study literature at Oxford University. He ultimately joined the United States Army and achieved the rank of captain. He wrote several number songs like; "Help Me Make It Through The Night" and "Me And Bobby McGee".

Athletes

Hoyt Wilhelm -  Born July 26, 1922 August 23, 2002. Baseball Hall of Fame - He was a left handed pitcher and played his entire 21-year baseball career in the National League. Wilhelm served in the United States Army in the Europe during World War II. Wilhelm participated in the Battle of the Bulge, where he was wounded, earning the Purple Heart for his actions. He rose to the rank of Staff Sergeant. Because of his military service, he was nicknamed "Ol' Sarge".

Warren Spahn - Born April 23, 1921 November 24, 2003. Baseball Hall of Fame and spent his entire 21 years with the national league. Along with many other major leaguers, Spahn chose to enlist in the Army after finishing the 1942 season in the minors. He served with distinction, and was awarded a Purple Heart. He saw action in the Battle of the Bulge as a combat engineer, and was awarded a battle field commission.

 

Abner Doubleday -- Born June 26, 1819 January 26, 1893. Was a career United States Army officer and Union general in the American Civil War. He fired the first in defense of Sort Sumter. Doubleday is often mistakenly credited with inventing baseball, although he never made such a claim, and there is no evidence to support it.

 

Jackie Robinson --  Born January 31, 1919 October 24, 1972 was the first African American to play Major League Baseball (MLB) in the modern era. In 1942, Robinson was drafted and assigned to a segregated Army cavalry unit in Fort Riley, Kansas. Having the requisite qualifications, Robinson and several other black soldiers applied for admission to an Officer Candidate School (OCS) then located at Fort Riley. Although his former unit, the 761st Tank Battalion, became the first black tank unit to see combat in World War II, Robinson's court-martial proceedings prohibited him from being deployed overseas, thus he never saw combat action.

 

Sugar Ray Robinson - Born Walker Smith Jr.; May 3, 1921 April 12, 1989) was an American professional boxer. Frequently cited as the greatest boxer of all time. On February 27, 1943, Robinson was inducted into the United States Army, where he was again referred to as Walker Smith. Robinson had a short 15 month military career. In 1944 Robinson was stationed at Fort Hamilton in Brooklyn, waiting to ship out to Europe, where he was scheduled to perform more exhibition matches. But on March 29, Robinson disappeared from his barracks. When he woke up on April 5 in Fort Jay Hospital on Governor's Island, he had missed his sailing for Europe and was under suspicion of deserting. He himself reported falling down the stairs in his barracks on the 29th, but said that he had complete amnesia, and he could not remember any events from that moment until the 5th. According to his file, a stranger had found him in the street on 1 April and helped him to a hospital. In his examination report, a doctor at Fort Jay concluded that Robinson's version of events was sincere. He was examined by military authorities, who claimed he suffered from a mental deficiency. Robinson was granted an honorable discharge on June 3, 1944. He later wrote that unfair press coverage of the incident had "branded" him as a "deserter". Robinson maintained his close friendship with Louis from their time in military service, and the two went into business together after the war. They planned to start a liquor distribution business in New York City, but were denied a license due to their race

 

Rocky Blier -- Born March 5, 1946 is a former National Football League halfback who played for the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1968 and from 1971 to 1980. After his 1968 rookie season with the Steelers, Bleier was drafted into the Army in December 1968. He volunteered for duty in the Vietnam  and shipped out in May 1969, serving with the 196th Light Infantry Brigade. On August 20, while on patrol in Heip Duc, Bleier was wounded in the left thigh by a rifle bullet when his platoon was ambushed in a rice paddy. While down, an enemy grenade landed nearby after bouncing off a fellow soldier, sending shrapnel into his lower right leg. He was later awarded the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star. His rank wasSpecialist 4.

 

Rocky Marciano --- Born Rocco Francis Marchegiano; September 1, 1923 August 31, 1969 --  was a professional boxer and the World Heavyweight Champion from September 23, 1952, to April 27, 1956. Marciano is the only champion to hold the heavyweight title and go untied and undefeated throughout his career. Marciano defended his title six times. In March 1943, Marciano was drafted into the Army for a term of two years. Stationed in Swansa, Wales, he helped ferry supplies across the English Channel to Normandy. After the war ended, he completed his service in March 1946 at Fort Lewis, Washington.

 

Ray Mercer   Born April 4, 1961 in Jacksonville, Fl is an American professional boxer, former Olympic Gold Medalist and WBO heavyweight title holder who resides in Fayetteville. NC. Mercer was the 1988 United States Amateur Champion at Heavyweight while in the US Army and compiled an Amateur record of 64-6. He won Gold in the 1988 Olympics as a heavyweight.

Pat Tillman --  Born November 6, 1976 April 22, 2004 was an American Football player player who left his professional career and enlisted in the United States Army in June 2002 in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks. He joined the Army Rangers and served several tours in combat before he died in the mountains of Afghanistan. The Army at first reported that Tillman had been killed by enemy fire, and then Lieutenant General Stanley McChrystal approved the award of a Silver Star. The actual cause of Tillman's death was ruled by as friendly fire. He started his college career as a linbacker for Arizona State University in 1994, when he secured the last remaining scholarship for the team. Tillman excelled as a linebacker at Arizona State, despite being relatively small for the position at five-feet eleven-inches (1.80 m) tall. As a junior, he helped his team go undefeated that season as well as helping them make it to the Rose Bowl that year. In 1997, he was voted the Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year. In the 1998 National Football League Draft, Tillman was selected as the 226th pick by the Arizona Cardinals. Tillman moved over to play the safety position in the NFL and started ten of sixteen games in his rookie season.

Astronauts (women)

Col. Nancy Jane Currie (Retired) PHD --
  Born December 29, 1958, in Wilmington, Delaware, but considers Troy, Ohio, to be her hometown. She was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army in July 1981, and attended the Air Defense Officer Basic Course and the United States Army Aviation School. Following flight training she was assigned to Fort Rucker, Alabama as a helicopter instructor pilot. She also served as a section leader, platoon leader, and brigade flight standardization officer for all phases of rotary wing flight, including combat skills and night vision goggle operations. A Master Army Aviator, she has logged 3,900 flying hours in a variety of rotary wing and fixed wing aircraft.

Authors

Nelson R. Demille - DeMille served in the United States Army as a First Lieutenant and saw action in Vietnam.  His works include Word of Honor, The Charm School, The Gold Coast, Plum Island, and The General's Daughter. His most famous character is John Corey a retired New York City police detective on special assignment for the FBI. He is a member of Mensa and an awesome writer!

Louis L' Amour - During World War II, he served in the US Army as a transport officer with the 3622 Transport Company. Many of his stories were made into movies. L'Amour's books remain popular and most have gone through multiple printings. At the time of his death some of his 105 existing works were in print (89 novels, 14 short-story collections, and two full-length works of nonfiction) and he was considered "one of the world's most popular writers".

Rod Sterling - Serling enlisted into the U.S. Army the morning after his high school graduation, following his brother Robert.Serling began his military career in 1943 at Camp Toccoa, Georgia, under General Raymond "Joe" Swing and Col. Orin Haugen and served in the 511th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 11th Airborne Division.

Famous Soldiers

Charles Schultz (cartoonist) - Born November 26, 1922 February 12, 2000. In 1943, Schulz was drafted into the U.S. Army. He served as a staff sergeant with the 20th Armored Division in Europe, as a squad leader. His unit saw combat only at the very end of the war. Schulz said that he only ever had one opportunity to fire his machine gun but forgot to load it. Fortunately, he said, the German soldier he could have fired at willingly surrendered. Years later, Schulz proudly spoke of his wartime service.

Dave Thomas (Founder of Wendy`s) -- July 2, 1932 January 8, 2002 - At the outbreak of the Korean War  in 1950, rather than waiting for the draft, he volunteered for the US Army to have some choice in assignments. Having food production and service experience, Thomas requested the Cook's at Fot Benning. He was sent overseas to Germany as a mess sergeant and was responsible for the daily meals of 2000 soldiers, rising to the rank of Staff Sergeant. After his discharge in 1953, Thomas returned to Fort Wayne and the Hobby House.

Edgar Allen Poe (poet)-- January 19, 1809 October 7, 1849) was an American author, poet, editor and literary critic, considered part of the American Romantic Movement. Best known for his tales of mystery and the macabre, Poe was one of the earliest American practitioners of the short story and is generally considered the inventor of the defective fiction genre.

Evil Kinevil  --  Born Robert Craig Knievel on October 17, 1938 November 30, 2007 in Butte, Montana and raised by his grandparents. Evil did a stint in the U.S. Army and volunteered as a Paratrooper and had over 30 jumps. He died on November 30, 2007 in Clearwater, Florida.

Milton Lee Olive, III -- Born November 7, 1946 October 22, 1965.  Was the recipient of the Army Medal Of Honor for his actions in the Vietnam War. At the age of 18, Olive sacrificed his life to save others by smothering a live grenade. He was the first African American Medal of Honor recipient of the Vietnam War.

Gene Siskel (movie critic) --  Born January 26, 1946 in Chicago, Illinois. Siskel served in the United States Army Reserves; graduating from basic officers training in early 1968, and serving as a military journalist and public affairs officer for the Defense Information School.

Judge Wapner -- Born November 15, 1919 is a retired American judge and former television "judge." He is the first star of the ongoing reality courtroom series The People's Court. The court show's first run in syndication, with Wapner presiding as "judge", lasted from 1981 to 1993. This run lasted 12 seasons and 2,484 episodes. Unlike the show's second run which has been presided over by multiple judges, Wapner was the sole judge to preside during the court show's first run. Wapner is a graduate of the University of Southern California (1941) and the USC Law School (1948), serving in World War II in between. Wapner was awarded the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star while serving in the South Pacific in Cebu. He was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army as a Lieutenant.

Malcom Forbes (Publisher) -- 

Pat Sajak -- game show host -- 

William D. Swenson - (Born November 2, 1978) is a former captain in the United States Army who was awarded the Medal of Honor on 15 October 2013. He was the first living United States Army officer to receive the Medal of Honor since the Vietnam War, as well as the sixth living recipient in the War on Terror. Swenson graduated from Seattle University with a Bachelor of Science degree in political science. He commissioned from Officer Candidate School as a United States Army infantry officer in September 2002. His military education includes Ranger School and Airborne School, and has deployed three times in the War on Terror, once to Iraq and twice to Afghanistan.


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