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Joseph Michael Acaba — Born May 17, 1967. NASA astronaut and hydro-geologist and spent six years as a United States Marine Corps Reserve.

Don Adams — Born Donald James Yarmy,  April 13, 1923 - September 25, 2005. Enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1941 and fought in WWII. He is most famous for his role as Agent Maxwell Smart on the 1960s sitcom Get Smart.

Mike Anderson — Born September 21, 1973. NFL football player. He was originally drafted by the  Denver Broncos in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL Draft. Anderson spent four years in the USMC and used his educational benefits to go to Mt. San Jacinto Junior College. While in the Marine Corps at Camp Pendleton, he played on the 11th Marines contact football team. He achieved the rank of Corporal.

Walter Anderson - Born August 31, 1944 (editor) PARADE Magazine editor; Parade Publications CEO; Author - Meant to Be : The True Story of a Son Who Discovers He Is His Mother's Deepest Secret.Anderson dropped out of high school and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps where he served from 1961 to 1966, rising to the rank of sergeant and serving in Vietnam (1965). During his enlistment he earned his Graduate Equivalency Diploma (GED), and has been a national spokesman for the GED program.
 

Paul Arizin — NBA basketball player. Arizin, at the age of 24 and nearing his prime, was plucked out of the NBA by the Marine Corps before the 1952-53 season. He served for two years during the Korean War but still managed to maintain his skills while in the military. Mr. Arizin is a member of the Marine Corps Sports Hall of Fame.

Beatrice Arthur — Born May 13, 1922 - April 25, 2009. Star of the television series Maude and The Golden Girls. While she strangely denied serving in the armed forces, military records show that the actress Bea Arthur spent 30 months in the Marine Corps, where she was one of the first members of the Women's Reserve and spent time as a typist and a truck driver. Arthur was honorably discharged in September of 1945 earning the rank of Staff Sergeant.

F. Lee Bailey — Born June 10, 1933 is a famous lawyer, he served on many high profile cases such as the Sam Shepperd Re-trial, and was one of the lawyers for O.J. Simpson in his murder trial. He also had personal trouble with the law and was disbarred for misconduct while defending his client Claude DeBoc with all his difficulties he still has a reputation for being a highly successful defense attorney, and was the Chairman and CEO of IMPAC, Integrated Control System Inc in Florida. He dropped out of Harvard College in 1952 and joined the Marines. He received his aviator wings in 1954 and served as a jet fighter and a legal officer. He was honorably discharged from the USMC in 1956 achieving the rank of second lieutenant. Some other notable cases you might know that he defended are; Dr. Sam Sheppard, The Boston StranglerPatty Hearst, William & Chantal McCorkle.

Dusty Baker  ---  Born June 15, 1949. From Riverside California he is a former player, and current manager in the MLB. currently the manager of the Cincinnati Reds, he played 19 years with the Atlanta Braves, and L.A. Dodgers and he managed the Giants leading them to the 2002 Pennant and the Chicago Cubs before taking his current job with the Reds. He served in the Marine Reserves from 1969 to 1975.

James Baker — Born April 28, 1930. Former U.S. Secretary of State, elder statesman, adviser and friend of the Bush family. Baker served in the United States Marine Corps (1952-1954),  achieving the rank of  First Lieutenant and then Captain in the Marine Corps Reserves.

Leslie M. "Bud" Baker, Jr. — Chairman of the Board of Wachovia Bank.
 
Nick Barone — Born June 6, 1926 - March 12, 2006. Boxer known as the "Fighting Marine" (1950s). During WWII, at the age of 16, Barone joined the United States Marine Corps using his brother's name. He fought in the Battle of Iwo Jima.
 

James Lee Barrett — Born November 19, 1929 - October 15, 1989. Author, screenplay writer. Before becoming a screenwriter, James Lee Barrett served in the Marines. His first screenplay for The D.I. (1957) was about a Marine drill instructor. Barret went on to write many assorted action films in genres ranging from westerns to war films to police dramas to chase movies.
 
Carmen Basilio —  Born April 2, 1927. World champion boxer, Boxing Hall of Fame.
 
Hank Bauer — Born July 31, 1922 - February 9, 2007. Baseball player. In January 1942, Bauer enlisted in the Marine Corps. He took basic training at Mare Island, California, where he also played for the camp baseball team. He earned 11 campaign ribbons, two Bronze Stars and two Purple Hearts (for being wounded in action) in 32 months of combat. Bauer was wounded his second time during the The Battle For Okinawa when he was a lieutenant in command of a platoon of 64 Marines. Only six of the 64 Marines survived the Japanese counterattack, and Bauer was wounded by shrapnel in his thigh. His wounds were severe enough to send him all the way back to the United States to recuperate. Mr. Baur is a member of the Marine Corps Sports Hall of Fame.

Bob Bell —  Born January 18, 1922 - December 8, 1997 Bozo the Clown (TV) Many actors have played Bozo, but Bob Bell was arguably the most popular. Bell put on the blue suit and red wig for WGN in Chicago for almost 25 years. Nearly blind in one eye, Bell managed to enlist in the Marines after graduating from high school by memorizing the eye chart. He was later discharged because of his disability and joined the Navy before embarking on a career in children's television. The gravelly voice he developed for his portrayal of Bozo was the inspiration for Krusty the Clown on The Simpson's.

Terrel Bell —  Born November 11, 1921 - June 22, 1996 U.S. Secretary of Education (1981- 1984) during the Reagan administration. Bell spent much of his professional career in Utah. He served as a sergeant in the Marines during WWII, and returned to Idaho to get his education.

Donald P. Bellisario -  Served in the United States Marine Corps from January 1955 to January 1959 under service number 1522597. Was discharged as a Sergeant and was awarded the Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal. Donald was born in North Charleroi in Pennsylvania. His father ran the tavern, where he grew up listening to the war stories of vets returning from WWII. He had a fifteen-year career in advertising before moving to Hollywood. He broke into television as the story editor for Baa Baa Black Sheep (1976) . His most celebrated works to date are probably Magnum, P.I. (1980), Quantum Leap (1989), and JAG (1995). He has been married four times, and has seven children and eight grandchildren.

Henry Bellmon —  September 3, 1921 - September 29, 2009 Governor of Oklahoma, U.S. Senator (OK-R). He was a Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps from 1942 to 1946. He was a tank platoon leader in WWII. He took part in four amphibious landings on Pacific Islands, including Iwo Jima. For his service, he was awarded the Legion of Merit and the Silver Star.
 
Patty Berg — (February 13, 1918 - September 10, 2006)  LPGA golfer. After winning 29 amateur titles, she turned professional in 1940. During WWII she was a lieutenant in the Marines, 1942-45. 
 

Rod Bernard —  Born August 12, 1940. Musician - Country and Rockabilly. Bernard served in the Marine Corps Reserves from 1962 to 1968, reaching the rank of Sergeant.
 
John Wayne Bobbitt — Born March 23, 1967. Famous for his dismembered member on the night of 23 June 1993, his wife Lorena Bobbitt cut off his penis with a kitchen knife. Served in the USMC from 1987-1991. 

Charles F. Bolden, Jr. —  Born August 19, 1946. Space shuttle commander and NASA administrator. A 1968 graduate of the United States Naval Academy, he became a Marine Aviator and test pilot. After his service as an astronaut, he became Deputy Commandant of Midshipmen at the Naval Academy. He retired from the military in August 2004 achieving the rank of Major General.

Robert Bork —  Born March 1, 1927 Retired federal judge, Yale law professor, and Supreme court nominee by Ronald Reagan. Served in the Marine Corps from 1945-1946. 

Blackbear Bosin —  Born June 5, 1921-August 9, 1980 -  Was a Comanche-Kiowa sculptor and painter, also known as Tsate Kongia Artist. He enlisted in the USMC and served during WWII.  

Frederick Branch -- Born May 31, 1922 - April 10, 2005. Two years after entering the Marines as an enlisted man, and after serving in the South Pacific during World War II, Mr. Branch completed Officer Candidate School as the only black student in a class of 250. He was commissioned as a second lieutenant Nov. 10, 1945, the 170th anniversary of the founding of the Marines. It took an executive order in 1941 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt to force the Marine Corps to admit African Americans to its ranks. Six other black candidates had entered the Marines' officer training program and had been eliminated, for one reason or another, before Mr. Branch received his commission.

Hugh Brannum —   Born January 5, 1910 - April 19, 1987 "Mr. Green Jeans" on Captain Kangaroo. During WWII, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and joined the US Marines Band led by Bob Crosby.

Margaret A. Brewer -- Born Durand, Michigan in 1930 - January 2, 2013. She was the first female in the Marine Corps to reach the rank of general officer.  Brigadier General Brewer was commissioned as a Marine second lieutenant in March 1952 and retired on July 1,1980.

Daniel B. Brewster — Nov. 23, 1923 - Aug. 20, 2007.  US Senator. Elected to represent Maryland in the US Senate, he served from 1963 to 1969. He was defeated for re-election in 1968. After indictment in 1969, trial, conviction, and reversal, pleaded no contest in 1975 to a felony charge of accepting an illegal gratuity while a United States Senator. Lieutenant with the 4th Marine Regiment of the 6th Marine Division. 

Art Buchwald — October 20, 1925 - January 17, 2007 Humor columnist. Instead of finishing high school, Buchwald decided to join the United States Marine Corps in 1942. He served in the Pacific during World War II. After the war, he attended the University of Southern California where he worked on the newspaper as a columnist and on a campus magazine as managing editor.  

Dale Bumpers —  Born August 12, 1925, Governor of Arkansas, U.S. Senator from Arkansas. After graduating from Charleston High School in 1943, Bumpers briefly attended the University of Arkansas. and joined the U.S. Marines later that year. When World War II ended, he was on a ship heading to the Pacific theater. After he was discharged in July 1946, he returned to UA and graduated two years later with a BA in political science. He received a law degree in 1951 from Northwestern University at Evanston, Illinois.  

Conrad Burns — U.S. Senator from Montana 

Smedley Darlington Butler — became an outspoken critic of war profiteers and testified in congress regarding a plot to overthrow the government. Also served as the Police Commissioner for the city of Philadelphia. 

Jim Capers - (Major) Retired After 23 years of distinguished service. He was born on a farm in Bishopville, South Carolina, the son of sharecroppers. The Capers family moved to Baltimore, Maryland where Major Capers graduated from Carver Vocational High School. His formal education includes the University of Maryland and Charminade University of Hawaii. Major Capers enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1956. Mr. Capers is a highly decorated Marine with numerous awards including the Silver Star, Bronze Star with two Gold stars and a Combat V, Purple Heart with three Gold Stars, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal with three Bronze Stars, Navy Commendation Medal, NAM, Armed Forces Expedition Medal (Lebanon), and National Defense Medal.  He is also Inducted by Special Ops Command (SOCOM) to the Commando Hall Of Honor, CG Certificate of Merit, Submitted by Congressman Walter P. Jones 3rd, CINC, District of North Carolina for the Congressional Medal Of Honor in 2007, CINC PAC Letter of Merit and a letter of Appreciation from President Richard M. Nixon. Major Capers was married to the Former Miss Dorothy Lee Green of Baltimore, Maryland, deceased and had one son, Mr. Gary Wayne Capers, deceased. Major Capers currently resides in Jacksonville, North Carolina and is a true war hero.

Rod Carew —  Baseball Hall of Fame. Born: October 1, 1945 Panama Rodney Cline Carew was born in Panama. He came to the United States with his family at the age of 15. Rod spent 6 years in the United States Marine Corps Reserve.

Drew Carey — Born: May 23, 1958. Served in the USMCR from 1981-1986; actor and comedian appearing on many shows; He has hosted the Price is Right since 1997. He also had, The Drew Carey Show and hosts Whose Line Is It Anyway?  While serving in the Marine Corps Reserves his buzz cut and big black rimmed glasses became part of his trademark look.

James Carville — Born October 25, 1944 Political strategist and manager. Served in the United States Marine Corps, 1966-68.  

Francis H. Case - December 9, 1896 - June 22, 1962. An American journalist and politician who represented South Dakota in the U.S. House of Representatives (1937-1950) and the U.S. Senate (1951-1962). During  World War I he served in the USMC and subsequently he served in the United States Army Reserves and the Marine Corps Reserves.
 
John Chafee — October 22, 1922 - October 24, 1999 Governor of Rhode Island, Secretary of the Navy, United States Senator (RI-R). Chafee was in his third year as an undergraduate at Yale University when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. He interrupted his undergraduate studies and enlisted in the Marine Corps, spending his 20th birthday on Guadalcanal fighting on the island from August 8, 1942 until November 1942, when the First Marine Division was relieved, during the Battle of Guadalcanal. After receiving his commission, he fought in the The Battle of Okinawa in the spring of 1945 as a Second Lieutenant. Following the war, he received degrees from Yale in 1947 and Harvard Law School in 1950. In 1951, he was recalled to active service to be a Marine rifle company commander during The Korean War with Dog Company, 2/7 Marine Division
 
Roberto Clemente —  Baseball Hall of Fame. Born Roberto Clemente Walker on August 18, 1934 in Carolina, Puerto Rico. The son of a sugarcane worker, Roberto Clemente began his professional baseball career just after finishing high school. He signed a deal with the Brooklyn Dodgers and played with their minor league team, the Montreal Royals, for a season. The next year he went to play for the Pittsburgh Pirates and made his major league debut in 1955. Clemente hit his stride as an outfielder and batter in the 1960s. He led the National League in batting four times during this time. Clemente also played in the 1971 World Series. He became the first Hispanic player to reach 3,000 hits, including 240 home runs.  He died in a plane crash on December 31, 1972, on his way to bring much needed supplies to survivors of an earthquake in Nicaragua. Mr. Clemente is a member of the Marine Corps Sports Hall of Fame.

Jerry Coleman — Born September 14, 1924.  A baseball player and announcer. Nicknamed "The Colonel", due to being promoted to the rank of Lieutenant, Coleman served as a  Marine Aviator and left baseball to serve in the Korean War, and postponing his entry into professional baseball in WWII. While a Marine Corps aviator he flew 120 combat missions, receiving numerous honors and medals including Distinguished Flying Crosses and has been honored in recent years, including being inducted into the USMC Sports Hall of Fame, for his call to duty. He is one of only a few Major League Baseball players, including  Ted Williams baseball hall of famer to have seen combat in two wars.

Eddie Collins — Born May 2, 1887 - March 25, 1951. Baseball Hall of Fame. He was part of the notorious "Black Sox" team that threw the 1919 World Series to the Cincinnati Reds. However Collins was not accused of being part of the conspiracy and was considered to have played honestly (his low .226 batting average notwithstanding).  

Charles Colson — Born  October 16, 1931 - April 21, 2012. White House special counsel, convicted Watergate felon, evangelist. Served in the Marines from 1953-1955 achieving the rank of Captain.
  
Donald "The Great Santini" Conroy —Born  April 4, 1921-  May 9, 1998 (aged 77) THE BLACK SHEEP SQUADRON member and father of author Pat Conroy, who based his novel The Great Santini on him. Achieved the rank of Colonel before retiring.  
 
John Corzine — Governor of New Jersey. While in college, he enlisted in the United Marine Corps Reserves and served from 1969 until 1975, attaining the rank of sergeant.  

Bill Cowan —  Hostage rescue expert, television news commentator. Enlisted in the Navy at 17 and then received an appointment to and graduated from the naval academy in 1968. He was a platoon commander and did two tours in Vietnam. Cowan Achieved the rank of Lt Col before retiring.

Bob Crosby -- Born (1913-93) Crosby was an American Dixieland band leader and vocalist. He was the youngest of seven children. One of them, Harry, became known as "Bing." During World War II, Bob was commissioned a second lieutenant; he spent 18 months in the Marine Corps as director of the Fifth Marine Division band, touring in the Pacific. Prior to the War, the Bob Crosby Orchestra and the Bob Cats recorded "Big Noise From Winnetka," which became a hit in 1938-39. The duet of Bob Haggart and Ray Baduc became well known for their playing this version of the tune Bob Haggart composed, Bob on bass and Ray on drums.

Josh Culbreath - Born in Norristown, Pennsylvania on September 14, 1932. Culbreath began running the hurdles in high school and 1951 was ranked second in the U.S. in the 200 yard low hurdles and was the Pennsylvania's state high school champion in that event. He served in the United States Marine Corps from 1956 to 1958. During his time in the Marine Corps, he competed for the United States in the 1956 Summer Olympics held in Melbourne, Australia in the 400 meter hurdles where he won the bronze medal. He also won several military and NATO track and field medals. He set the world records in the hurdles in 1956 and 1957 — in the 300 yard Oval Grass Track, set in Bendigo, Australia in 1956 and in the 440 yard hurdles, set in Oslo, Norway in 1957.

Dr. Culbreath now resides in Raleigh-Durham, NC and is still very instrumental in the lives of athletes, his latest protιgιe is Up and coming Arizona State Gymnast Risa Perez who Dr. Culbreath has assisted in verbally guiding the young Gymnastics star since her childhood from Las Vegas. Dr. Culbreath also assisted and mentored her late brother late US Marine LCpl Richard A. Perez Jr. (1985-2005) who was lost in accidental tragic circumstance in Iraq.

Walter Cunningham — Born March 16, 1932. Apollo 7 astronaut. He served on active duty as a fighter pilot with the U. S. Marine Corps from 1953 until 1956. From 1956 to 1975 he served in the Marine Reserves and ultimately retiring at the rank of Colonel.
 
Daniel Daly — November 11, 1873 - April 27, 1937 Sergeant Major Daniel Joseph "Dan" Daly was a United States Marine and one of only nineteen men to have received the Marine Corps Medal of Honortwice. 

Brian Dennehy —  Born July 9, 1938. Actor.  Enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1959, actively serving until 1963.  

Richard Diebenkorn —  Born April 22, 1922 - March 30, 1993. Was a well-known 20th century American Painter. His early work is associated with abstract expressionism and the Bay Area Figurative Movement of the 1950s and 1960s. His later work (best known as the The Ocean Park Series paintings) were instrumental to his achievement of worldwide acclaim.  

David Dinkins — Born July 10, 1927. Mayor of New York City from 1990 to 1994, and he was the first black mayor of the city. He served in the Marine Corps from 1945 through 1946.

Art Donovan —  Born June 5, 1925. Football Hall of Fame out of Boston College. He spent four years in military service with the United States Marine Corps during WWII.  

Terry Downes —  Born in Paddington, London on 9 May 1936. World boxing champion. Downes served in the US Marine Corps from 1954 to 1956. It was in the marines that he got his first experience in the ring, winning several amateur trophies.  

Andre Dubus II  — Born August 11, 1936 - February 24, 1999. Dubus was an American short story writer and essayist and autobiographer. Served  six years in the Marine Corps, eventually rising to the rank of Captain.

David D. Duncan — Born January 23, 1916, is an American photojournalist and among the most influential photographers of the 20th century. He is best known for his dramatic combat photographs. After the Pearl Harbor attack Duncan joined the Marine Corps, earned an officer's commission, and became a combat photographer. After brief postings in California and Hawaii, he was sent to the South Pacific on assignment when the United States entered WWII. Though combat photographers are often close to the action, they rarely fight. However, in a brief engagement atBougainville Island, Duncan found himself fighting against the Japanese and also covered the Battle of Okinawa. Duncan would be on board the USS Missouri during the Japanese surrender.  

William L. Durkin — Born April 30, 1916 - April 29, 2006. Earned fame for rescuing billionaire Howard Hughes from an aircraft the XF-11 reconnaissance plane crashed on July 7, 1946. He was a Master Sergeant. 

Dale Dye — Born October 8, 1944. Actor, Hollywood military adviser and retired Marine Corps Captain who served in combat during the Vietnam War. In military parlance, Dye is a mustang, i.e., someone who began as an enlisted service member and earned their commission after enlistment, in Dye's case rising all the way from Private to Captain.  

David Eigenberg —  Born May 17, 1964. Actor, Sex and the City. Eigenberg enlisted in the United States Marine Corps Reserves, serving for three years (1982-1986), and was Honorably Discharged at the rank of Lance Corporal.

R. Lee Ermey — Born March 24, 1944. Actor, TV show host. Ermey enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1961 was a Drill Instructor did two tours in Vietnam and was medically discharged in 1972. When he retired his rank was a SSgt however, he was honorably given the title of Gunnery Sergeant. He has hosted two programs on the History ChannelMail Call, in which he answered viewers' questions about various military both modern and historic; and Locked N' Load, which focused on the development of different types of weapons. Some of his movie credits are; Full Metal Jacket, Mississippi Burning, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre remake and plastic Army men leader Sarge in the Toy Story films.

Don and Phil Everly —  Born February 1, 1937 and Phillip "Phil" Everly was born January 19, 1939 - January 4, 2014 he was 74.  Both were members of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. They enlisted in the USMC in November 1961 one of their few performances during their Marines stint was an on-leave appearance on Ed Sullivan Show performing "Jezebel" and "Crying In The Rain," which they conducted in their dress blues.  

Hussein Mohamed Farrah —  Born August 16, 1962 is a USMC veteran and a former president of Somalia. He is the son of  General Mohamed Farrah Aidid.  He served in Somalia as a translator during Operation Restore Hope, having been chosen because he was the only United States Marine who spoke Somali. 

Mike Farrell — (born February 6, 1939) American actor. Farrell, best know for his role as Hawkeye Pierce on the television series M*A*S*H (1975-83).  Farrell attended West Hollywood Grammar School with Natalie Wood, and graduated from Hollywood High School, served in the United States Marine Corps, and worked at various jobs before his acting career.

Jesse Ferguson —  Born March 20, 1957. American heavyweight boxer. Ferguson served in the Marine Corps during the Vietnam War.

Nathaniel Fick — Author of the book One Bullet Away: The Making of a Marine Officer. Saw service in Iraq recently as a Recon officer. Currently CEO of the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) in as of June 2009. He achieved the rank of Captain and was honorably discharged in 2004.

Morris Fisher - Born May 4, 1890  in Youngstown. Ohio and died May 23, 1968 in Honolulu, Hawaii. American sports shooter who competed in the 1920 Summer Olympics and in the 1924 Summer Olympics and winning 5 Olympic gold medals for shooting and was the author of two popular books on marksmanship. Mr. Fisher retired from the Marine Corps as a Sergeant Major and in April 2009, he was inducted into the United States Marine Corps Sports Hall of Fame.

William Charles "Bill" Fitch —  Born May 19, 1934. Basketball coach. Fitch was a former Drill Instructor in the Marine CorpsLarry Bird credited in his book Drive: The Story of My Life as an important reason for Bird's own strong work ethic 

Shelby Foote —  Born November 17, 1916 - June 27, 2005. Author, civil war historian and novelist who wrote The Civil War: A Narrative, a massive, three-volume history of the war. 

Glenn Ford —  Actor. Ford interrupted his film career to volunteer for duty in WWII with the United States Marine Corps Reserves on December 13, 1942. He was assigned in March 1943 to active duty at the Marine Corps Base in San Diego. He was sent to Marine Corps Schools Detachment (Photographic Section) in Quantico three months later, with orders as a motion-picture production technician. Promoted to sergeant, Ford returned to the San Diego base in February 1944 and was next assigned to the radio section of the Public Relations Office, Headquarters Company, Base Headquarters Battalion. There he staged and broadcast the radio program Halls of Montezuma. Ford was honorably discharged from the Marines on December 7, 1944.

Joe Foss — Born April 17, 1915 - January 1, 2003. Former Governor of South Dakota. Foss was first Commissioner of the American Football league, former NRA President and  was the leading fighter ace of the United States Marine Corps during WWII and a 1943 recipient of the Medal of Honor.
 
Mark Fuhrman — Born February 5, 1952. LAPD detective who became famous during the O.J. Simpson trial. Fuhrman enlisted in the USMC, where he was trained as a machine gunner and military policeman. He served in Vietnam and was honorably discharged in 1975, having attained the rank of sergeant. Later that year, he entered the Los Angeles Police Academy, graduating second in his class. Fuhrman was promoted to detective in 1989. He served as a police officer for 20 years, earning more than 55 commendations before his retirement in 1995.
 
Hayden Fry —   Born February 28, 1929 is a former American football player and coach. Fry served in the Marine Corps from 1952-1955.

Freddy Fender —  Born June 4, 1937 - October 14, 2006. Tejano music recording artist. In January 1954, at age 16, Fender quit school, and when he turned 17 he enlisted for three years in the USMC. However, he was court-martial'ed in August 1956 and was discharged with rank of Private (E-1). 

Nathan Gale — Born September 11, 1979 - December 8, 2004. Murderer of guitarist Dimebag Darrell and several others. He served in the United States Marine Corps from February 2002 until November 2003, but did not serve his full term. His MOS was an auto mechanic.

Bill Gallo — Born December 28, 1922 - May 10, 2011. Cartoonist, journalist. Gallo joined the Marines on December 8, 1942. He completed his recruit training at Parris Island. Gallo served in combat in the Pacific theater, fighting at Saipan, Tinian and on Iwo Jima. After the war, he returned to the Daily News.

Christopher George — Born February 25, 1931 - November 28, 1983. Actor. George enlisted in the Marine Corps on October 13, 1948, at age 17. He lied about his age on his recruitment form by giving his year of birth as 1929, which then stuck with him for most of his adult life. George attributed his enlistment to being inspired by John Wayne, saying, "You know, he caused the enlistment of hundreds of kids in the Marines and I was one of them."

Wayne Gilchrest —Born April 15, 1946.  Republican U.S. Representative from Maryland. After graduating high school in 1964, he joined the Marines. His tour of duty saw action during the invasion of the Dominican Republic, and ultimately the Vietnam War. He earned the rank of Sergeant in Vietnam where, as a platoon leader, he was wounded in the chest.

John Glenn — Born July 18, 1921 in Cambridge, Ohio. Astronaut, first American to orbit Earth, oldest man in space, U.S. Senator. He entered the Naval Aviation Cadet Program in March 1942 and was graduated from this program and commissioned in the Marine Corps in 1943. After advanced training, he joined Marine Fighter Squadron 155 and spent a year flying F-4U fighters in the Marshall Islands.

During his World War II service, he flew 59 combat missions. After the war, he was a member of Marine Fighter Squadron 218 on the North China patrol and served on Guam. From June 1948 to December 1950 Glenn was an instructor in advanced flight training at Corpus Christi, Texas. He then attended Amphibious Warfare Training at Quantico, Virginia. In Korea he flew 63 missions with Marine Fighter Squadron 311. As an exchange pilot with the Air Force Glenn flew 27 missions in the in F-86 Sabrejet. In the last nine days of fighting in Korea Glenn downed three MIG's in combat along the Yalu River. During the Korean War, in the last half of Glens mission Ted Williams was his wingman.

After Korea, Glenn attended Test Pilot School at the Naval Air Test Center, Patuxent River, Maryland. After graduation, he was project officer on a number of aircraft. He was assigned to the Fighter Design Branch of theNavy Bureau of Aeronautics (now Bureau of Naval Weapons) in Washington from November 1956 to April 1959, during which time he also attended the University of Maryland.

In July 1957, while project officer of the Vought F8U-3 Crusader, he set a transcontinental speed record from Los Angeles to New York, spanning the country in 3 hours and 23 minutes. This was the first transcontinental flight to average supersonic speed. Glenn has nearly 9,000 hours of flying time, with approximately 3,000 hours in jet aircraft. Glen retired as a Lt Col from the Marine Corps on January 1, 1965.

Scott Glenn —   Born January, 26, 1941, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Actor. Served in the United States Marine Corps in the early 1960s. He played in several movies a few are, The Silence of the Lambs, Urban Cowboy and The Right Stuff.

Josh Gracin -- (born October 18, 1980) is a country music singer. A former member of the United States Marine Corps, he first gained public attention as the fourth-place finalist on the second season of the Fox Networks talent competition American Idol. He was in the Marine Corps from 2000-2004 and achieved the rank of Lance Corporal and his Marine Corps MOS was a Supply Clerk.

Clu Gulager — Born November 16, 1928 is an American television and film actor and director. Gulager served in the United States Marine Corps from 1946 to 1948. He is particularly noted for his co-starring role as William H. Bonney Billy the Kid in the 1960-62 NBC TV series The Tall Man and for his role in the NBC series The Virginian.

Gene Hackman — Actor.  Once known as the hardest working man in Hollywood (and certainly seemed to appear in half the films produced between 1970 and 2000), Gene Hackman has quietly retired from acting. Hackman was a Marine field radio operator before launching a film career that including roles as an Admiral Behind Enemy Lines and an unhinged submarine Captain Crimson Tide

Nathaniel Dwayne Hale — August 19, 1969 - March 15, 2011. He is better known by his stage name Nate Dogg, was an American musician and Rapper. Nate Dogg made his debut on The Chronic. Singing in what later become his trademark style, he was well received by fans and critics alike, and would go on to sign with Death Row Records in 1993. Singing in what later become his trademark style, he was well received by fans and critics alike, and would go on to sign with Death Row Records in 1993 

Ahmard Hall — Born November 13, 1979 in Galveston, Texas)  NFL football player.  He served in the United States Marine Corps between 1998 and 2002 as a field radio operator and earned the rank of Sergeant while deployed in Afghanistanfor a tour of duty prior to walking on the football program at the University of Texas. 

Gustav Hasford —  November 28, 1947 - January 29, 1993. Author of The Short-Timers, the Vietnam novel on which the movie Full Metal Jacket (1987) was based. Hasford joined the Marine Corps in 1967 and served as a Combat Correspondent during the Vietnam War. 

Ernie Harwell -- Born January 25, 1918 - May 4, 2010. Hall of Fame announcer and Author (The Year of the Tiger '68). Harwell spent 42 of his 55 years in broadcasting with the Tigers, joining Mel Allen, Jack Buck, Harry Caray and others among the game's most famous play-by-play voices. He announced Detroit games on radio from 1960 to 1991, again in 1993 and from 1999 to 2002. He broadcast games on over-the-air and cable television from 1960 to 1964 and from 1994 to 1998. When he signed off following his final game in 2002, Harwell was as eloquent as ever.

Carlos Hathcock — Born May 20, 1942 - February 23, 1999. Marine Corps Gunnery Sergeant and Sniper during Vietnam War with 93 confirmed kills.The Viet Cong knew him as well and called him "Long Trang," The White Feather, because he often wore one in his bush hat. Hathcock remains a legend in the Marines. While he was riding on top of an Amtrack, the track hit a mine. Gunny was blown off the vehicle, escaping with only scrapes and bruises but there were still Marines left inside of the burning vehicle. Gunny went back inside that gasoline and ammunition laden track to rescue his buddies. He was badly burned in the process.  Late in his life, he was awarded a Silver Star, the third-highest military honor, for an incident that happened nearly 30 years earlier. The Carlos Hathcock Award is presented annually to the Marine who does the most to promote marksmanship and there is a sniper range named for Hathcock at Camp Lejeune, NC.

Brent Hatley —  Born April 21, 1966.  Producer of the Bubba The Love Sponge show. Hatley was in the Marine Corps from Aviation Operations Specialist from 1989-1993.

Sterling Hayden — Born Sterling Relyea Walter March 26, 1916 - May 23, 1986 Actor and Author of the Wanderer and Voyage: A Novel of 1896. After two film roles, he left Hollywood and joined the Marines as a private, under the name "John Hamilton" (a pseudonym Hayden only used in the military).While at Parris Island he was recommended for Officer Candidate School (OCS). After graduation, he was commissioned a second lieutenant and was transferred to service as an undercover agent with William J. Donovan's COI office. He remained there after it became the OSS.

Howell Heflin — Born June 19, 1921 - March 29, 2005. Former Democratic U.S. Senator from Alabama. During WWII, from 1942 to 1946, he served as an officer in the Marine Corps. He was awarded the Silver Star for valor in combat and recipient of two Purple Heart medals, having seen action on Bougainville and Guam.
 
George Roy Hill — Born December 20, 1921 - December 27, 2002.  Director, Oscar-nomination for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, as well as win for directing The Sting. During WWII, Hill served in the Marine Corps as a cargo pilot in the South Pacific. The outbreak of the Korean War resulted in his recall to active duty service for 18 months as night fighter pilot, emerging with the rank of major; he was stationed at the Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point jet flight training center in North Carolina.

Elroy "Crazy Legs" Hirsch — Born June 17, 1923 - January 28, 2004 Football Hall of Famer 1968. 

Played offensive end/halfback/defensive end for the All-America Football Conference's Chicago Americans (1946-1948) and the National Football League's Los Angeles Rams (1949-1957).

Played only one season at the University of Wisconsin (1942), where he rushed for 786 yards. After joining the Marines 1943-1946), he was stationed in Ann Arbor, Michigan. In his lone season at the University of Michigan (1943), he became the only Wolverine to letter in four sports in the same year (basketball, track, baseball, football). He served as Wisconsin's Director of Athletics from 1969-1987.

The Chicago Daily News's Francis Powers is credited with the nickname "Crazy Legs" in his recap of Wisconsin's 13-7 victory over Great Lakes Naval Station at Soldier Field in Chicago: "Hirsch ran like a demented duck. His crazy legs were gyrating in six different directions all at the same time during a 61-yard touchdown run that solidified the win."

Hirsch finished his collegiate career as an All-American before joining the Marine Corps in 1943. As a Marine, Hirsch rose through the enlisted ranks to Staff Sergeant, before being promoted as a Second Lieutenant. During his time in California, Hirsch played football for MCAS El Toro and was named the leagues' All-Star MVP in 1946.

Ralph Alvin Heywood --- Born September 11, 1921 - April 10, 2007. He was the only NFL player to serve in WWII, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War, serving as a Marine Corps officer officer for 32 years. Mr. Heywood was an All-American for USC in 1943.


Gil Hodges — Born Gilbert Ray Hodge in Princeton, Indiana on April 4, 1924 - April 2, 1972. Baseball player and manager. Hodges was a four-sport athlete in Petersburg, where he ran track and played baseball, basketball, and football, earning himself a combined seven varsity letters. In 1941, Hodges was offered a Class D contract by the Detroit Tigers, but declined in order to enroll at St. Joseph's College on an athletic scholarship. In 1943, Hodges made his Major League debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers for only one game. Soon after, Hodges enlisted into the Marine Corps and spent the next 20 months deployed to the South Pacific, serving at Tinian Island and participated in the assault, occupation and defense of Okinawa. Hodges was honorably discharged as a sergeant in early 1946.

Edgar R. Huff -- Born December 2, 1919 - May 2, 1994. Huff was the first African-American in the United States Marine Corps to be promoted to the rank of Sergeant Major.

Mike Ilitch — Born July 20, 1929.  Founder of Little Caesars Pizza. "My experiences as a Marine really helped me become more focused and organized, and helped me to set some goals for my future," Ilitch said while describing his Veteran Franchise  program. "These characteristics are a good fit for business in general, and for Little Caesars in particular."

Like so many of those who continue to serve outside of uniform, the urge to contribute traces from a memorable upbringing and military service. Back in the 1950s, Mike Ilitch was a struggling young baseball prospect from Detroit, who opted for the Marine Corps because of an injury and the war in Korea represented a higher calling.

He got on a military ship, heading across the Pacific. But the ship stopped in Hawaii, and Ilitch was pulled from the ranks "by a three-star general who was a big jock. He took me off the ship so I could play for a (military) baseball team in Pearl Harbor. I finished my service there."

Don Imus —  Born  John Donald "Don" Imus, Jr on July 23, 1940.  Talk radio host and Author. Imus and his younger brother Fred were raised in California and Prescott, Arizona, where his father owned a cattle ranch. After a self-described "horrible adolescence" in which he changed schools frequently and his parents divorced when he was 15, Imus left high school and joined the Marine Corps band and served as a bugler from 1957-1960.

After his discharge at the age of 19, Imus had several unsuccessful stints as a window dresser and a rock 'n' roll musician. For a time, he was homeless, and found shelter in laundromats. In 1961, Imus hitchhiked to Arizona, where he worked in uranium and copper mines, made another attempt at a recording career, and worked as a brakeman for Southern Pacific Railroad. An injury sustained on the job earned him a cash settlement and a chance to play music while working as a disc jockey.

Keith Jackson — Born October 18, 1928. Broadcaster. The only surviving child in a poor family, he grew up listening to sports on the radio. After enlisting and serving in the United States Marine Corps, he attended Washington States University under the GI Bill. He graduated in 1954 with a degree in Speech Communications. 

Brian Gerard James —  Born born May 20, 1969. TNA/WWE professional wrestler. James served in the United States Marine Corps from 1987 to 1993 and fought in Operations Desert Storm in 1991, where he was a platoon Sergeant in command of thirty-three Marines. 

Bill Janklow —  Born September 13, 1939 - January 12, 2012. Attorney General and the 27th and 30th Governor of South Dakota as well as the United States House of Representatives in 2002. He resigned in 2004 after being convicted of manslaughter for his role in an automobile accident.  He served in the USMC from 1956 to 1959.

SgtMaj Jiggs - Born 1922 - 9 Jan 1927 -  In a formal ceremony on 14 October 1922, BGen. Smedley D. Butler signed documents enlisting the English Bulldog, renamed Jiggs, for the "term of life." Pvt. Jiggs then began his official duties in the U.S. Marine Corps. A hard-charging Marine, Pvt. Jiggs did not remain a private for long. Within three months he was wearing corporal chevrons on his custom-made uniform. On New Years Day 1924, Jiggs was promoted to Sergeant. And in a meteoric rise, he got promoted again -- this time to Sergeant Major -- seven months later. SgtMaj. Jiggs' death on 9 January 1927 was mourned throughout the Corps. His satin-lined coffin lay in state in a hangar at Quantico, surrounded by flowers from hundreds of Corps admirers. He was interred with full military honors. Update -- Chesty, a 9-week-old pedigree English bulldog, is soon to become the future Marine Corps mascot after the completion of obedience and recruit training with a ceremony scheduled for March 29, 2013. After completing training, the young puppy will earn the title Marine joining the ranks of his well-known predecessors.

George Jones — Born September 12, 1931 - April 26, 2013 in Saratoga Country music artist. George Glenn Jones was raised in Vidor, Texas, along with his brother and five sisters (another sister died young before George was born), being exposed to music from an early age from his parents own record collection and listening to the gospel music he heard in church or in a barn. When George was seven the Jones family bought a radio which introduced George to the country music that would become his life. The gift of a guitar when Jones was a young boy of nine soon saw him busking for money on the streets of his hometown of Beaumont. Jones left home at sixteen and headed for Jasper, Texas where he found work singing and playing on a local radio station. Before he was out of his teens he married his first wife, Dorothy but their union didn't even last a full year and Jones joined the United States Marine Corps. Despite the Korean War being fought at the time Jones was not sent overseas; instead, he sang in bars near his base in  Moffett Field Naval Air Station, San Jose, California. After leaving the Marine Corps his music career took off.  In a career that lasted more than 50 years, "Possum" recorded more than 150 albums and became the champion and symbol of traditional country music, a well-lined link to his hero, Hank Williams.

Opha Mae Johnson -- Born February 13, 1900 - January 1976. Officially, Opha Mae Johnson is credited as the first woman Marine. Johnson enrolled for service on August 13, 1918; during that year some 300 women first entered the Marine Corps to take over stateside clerical duties from battle-ready Marines who were needed overseas. The Marine Corps Women's Reserve was established in February 1943. June 12th, 1948, Congress passed the Women's Armed Services Integration Act and made women a permanent part of the regular Marine Corps.

Bob Keeshan — Born June 27, 1927 - January 23, 2004.Captain Kangaroo. After early graduation from Forest Hills High School in Queens, NY in 1945, during WWII, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps Reserve, but was still in the United States when Japan surrendered. He attended Fordham University on the GI Bill. 

Harvey Keitel — Born May 13, 1939. Actor. At the age of sixteen, he decided to join the United States Marine Corps a decision that took him to Lebanon, during Operation Blue Bat. After his return to the United States, he was a court reporter for several years and was able to support himself before beginning his acting career. 

Brian Keith —   Born November 14, 1921 - June 24, 1997 An American film, television, and stage actor who in his four decade-long career gained recognition for his work in movies such as the 1961 The Parent Trap (1961), and the 1975 adventure saga The Wind and the Lion, in which he portrayed Theodore Roosevelt. He also starred in the The Brian Keith Show that aired on NBC from 1972 to 1974 where he portrayed a pediatrician who operated a free clinic on Oahu as well as in the CBS comedy series  Heartland.  Keith joined the United States Marine Corps (1941-1945). He served during WWII as an air gunner (he was a Radio-Gunner in the rear cockpit of a two-man Douglas SBD Dauntless dive-bomber in a U.S. Marine squadron), and received an Air Medal.
 
Greg Kelly — Born December 17, 1968 is an American broadcast journalist and news reporter. Previously, he was the co-host of Fox and Friends and a White House correspondent for Fox News. Kelly is also a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Marine Corps Reserves. He was active duty from 1991-2000.  Kelly was an AV-8B Harrier jump pilot assigned to Marine Attack Squadron 211.
 
Raymond W. Kelly — Born September 4, 1941.  Police commissioner of the City of New York. Kelly is a combat veteran of the Vietnam war. He received his commission as a Second LT in the USMC in 1963. In 1965, he went to the Vietnam with the 2/1. As a  1st Lt in Vietnam, Kelly led troops in battle for most of his 12 months in country, including participation in Operation Harvest Moon. Upon returning to states. Kelly joined the reserves and retired after 30 years of service with the rank of Colonel.

Skip Kenney — Men's Olympic Swim Coach, Head Swim Coach at Stanford University; 3-Time Olympic Coach, 6-Time NCAA Coach of the Year and 20-Time Pac-10 Coach of the Year. Kenney served in the USMC, in combat in Vietnam for 13 months in 1965 to 1966; four months were spent as a sniper. He says that he draws on his service in the Marine Corps in his coaching. "Whether you are racing or in combat, for you to be at your best, your mind takes over and your body follows. Your expectations rise."

Robert Kiyosaki — Born April 8, 1947. Business man and author of Rich Dad Poor Dad: What The Rich Teach Their Kids About Money That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not! After graduating from Hilo High School, he attended the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in New York, graduating with the class of 1969 as a deck officer. He later served in the Marine Corps as a helicopter gunship pilot during the Vietnam War in 1972. Kiyosaki left the Marine Corps in 1975 with an honorable discharge.

Ron Kovic —  Born July 4, 1946, is an anti-war activist, veteran and writer who was paralyzed in the Vietnam War. He is best known as the author of the memoir Born on the Fourth of July. Kovic joined the United States Marine Corps after high school in September 1964 and went to Marine Corps boot camp at Paris Island, for twelve weeks of intensive recruit training. He was awarded the rank of PFC out of boot camp and became the push-up champion of his battalion. Kovic was then sent to the infantry training at Camp Lejeune, for advanced combat training. He returned home to Massapequa in December 1964, just in time for Christmas. After several weeks leave Kovic was assigned to the Marine Corps Barracks at Norfolk, Virginia, where he attended radio school and learned communication skills, including Morse Code. He was next assigned to the Second Field Artillery Battalion, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. 

Ted Kulongoski — Born November 5, 1940. Governor, State of Oregon. Ted Kulongoski began his life humbly, growing up in a Catholic boys' home in St. Louis. After graduating from high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and served a tour of duty in Southeast Asia, returning home to work as a truck driver and a bricklayer in a steel mill in Alton, Illinois. Thanks to the GI Bill, he was able to pursue higher education, and attended the University of Missouri, where he earned both an undergraduate degree and a law degree. To this day, Ted Kulongoski credits the GI Bill for giving him the opportunity to pursue his dream of a better life—an opportunity he believes everyone should have.

Mills Lane — Born November 12, 1936. Boxing referee and TV's People's Court judge and author. Lane joined the United States Marine Corps in 1956, after his graduation from Middlesex School. He became a boxer while serving as a Marine, becoming the All-Far East welterweight champ. After leaving the Marine Corps, he enrolled at the University of Nevada, Reno and became the NCAA boxing champion. He turned pro while in college, eventually earning an 10-1 record as a pro. He was in the 1960 Summer Summer Olympics Boxing finals held in San Francisco. He was defeated by Phil Baldwin in the semifinals.

Jim Lehrer —  Born May 19, 1934. Journalist, host of the PBS' News Hour with Jim Lehrer. Lehrer joined the United States Marine Corps and attributes his service and travels with helping him to look past himself and feel a connection to the world that he would not have otherwise experienced. 

Alfred Lerner — Born May 8, 1933 - October 23, 2002. Financier, Chairman of MBNA Corporation. He served as a pilot in the U.S. Marines from 1955 to 1957, serving in Quantico, Virginia and Pensacola, Florida. 

Scott Levy — Born February 13, 1971. Actor. After graduating from Lake Brantley High School in 1990, he served in the Marine Corps as a Stinger Missile Gunner during the Persian Gulf War, earning the National Defense Service Medal.
 
Joe Lisi —  Born September 9, 1950 Actor - Retired NYPD Captain. While already employed by the police department (1969), Joe Lisi enlisted in the United States Marine Corps Reserves. He was Honorably Discharged as a corporal. He is best known for his television roles as Dick Barone in the The Sopranos and as Lt. Swersky on Third Watch.

Clayton Lonetree —  Born 1961,  Spied for Russia in the mid-1980s. Served nine years in prison for  espionage, During the early 1980s, Lonetree was a Marine Corps Security Guard (MSG) stationed at the Embassy of the United States in Moscow. The Commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. Alfred Gray, Jr, recommended to the Secretary of the Navy that Lonetree's sentence be reduced from 30 to 15 years in a letter written in 1989 that said that the effect of Private Lonetree's actions "was minimal." In addition, he said, the Marines motivation "was not treason or greed, but rather the lovesick response of a naive, young, immature and lonely troop in a lonely and hostile environment." His sentence was reduced to 15 years, but he was released in 1996 after serving only nine years at the United States Disciplinary Barracks.

Tommy Loughran — Born November 29, 1902 - July 7, 1982. World boxing champion. Loughran was an intelligent fighter and articulate, even as a schoolboy. He graduated from high school three years early, primarily because of his exceptional memory. He was also ahead of his age group in physical maturity; he joined the Marines at 14, telling the recruiter he was 23. In the Marines, they put boxing gloves on him for the first time. "They matched me with a tough Marine and what I did to him was nobody's business,"Tommy says, recalling his initial boxing experience with a chuckle.

Jack Robert Lousma —  Born February 29, 1936. NASA Astronaut. Lousma became a Marine officer in 1959 and received his aviator wings in 1960 after completing training at the Naval Air Training Command. 

Robert A. Lutz —  Born February 12, 1932. Former Vice Chairman of the Board of Chrysler. Lutz received a bachelor's degree from  in 1961 followed by an MBA in 1962, both from UC Berkeley; he earned the latter when he was flying in the United States Marine Corps Reserves Marine Aircraft Wing and supporting two of four young daughters by selling vacuum cleaners in Walnut Creek, California. He also received an honorary Doctorate of Law from Boston University in 1985, and an honorary degree of Doctor of Management from Kettering University in 2003. He is a trustee of the Marine Corps University Foundation and the Marine Military Academy.

Robert Ludlum — Born May 25, 1927 - March 12, 2001. An American  Author of The Bourne Identity and 23 other thrillers. Prior to becoming an author, he had been a United States Marine, theatrical actor and producer. 

 

 

 

   





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