Celebrities Who Served

SSgt John (Johnny) R. Cash, U.S. Air Force (1950-1954)

SSgt John (Johnny) R. Cash, U.S. Air Force (1950-1954)

Johnny Cash left high school and joined the Air Force, where he formed his first band. Together We Served follows him from radio operator to global superstar. SSgt John (Johnny) R. Cash, U.S. Air Force (1950-1954) John or Johnny R. Cash of the US Air Force between 1950 and 1954, was an iconic American genre-defying singer-songwriter. Also known as ‘The Man in Black’ for his idiosyncratic attire, Cash is one of the best selling American musicians of all time. He considered it a duty to sing...

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LCdr John (Jackie) Cooper, U.S. Navy (1943-1982)

LCdr John (Jackie) Cooper, U.S. Navy (1943-1982)

Jackie Cooper, child actor & Perry White to Christopher Reeve’s Superman, served in the US Navy for four decades. Together We Served examines his dual careers. LCdr John (Jackie) Cooper, U.S. Navy (1943-1982) John or Jackie Cooper of the US Navy between 1943 and 1982 had a glittering career before he ever put on a uniform but once he had, he didn’t want to take it off. One of the highest ranking names of all time in Hollywood, Cooper is best known for depicting newspaper editor Perry White...

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Col Frank Capra, U.S. Army (1918-1945)

Col Frank Capra, U.S. Army (1918-1945)

Multiple Oscar-winning director Frank Capra came from humble Sicilian beginnings, but loved his adopted country so much, he served it as a US Army Colonel. Col Frank Capra, U.S. Army (1918-45) Frank Capra, of the US Army between 1918 and 1945, is perhaps most well-known for his direction of classic Americana films It’s A Wonderful Life and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. However, his greatest contribution to American culture may be the documentary series he produced during World War II for the...

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PO3 Isaac Sidney (Sid) Caesar, U.S. Coast Guard (1939-1945)

PO3 Isaac Sidney (Sid) Caesar, U.S. Coast Guard (1939-1945)

Sid Caesar, the king of 50s variety TV, got his start in comedy thanks to his years of service in the US Coast Guard. Together We Served honors a comedy legend. PO3 Isaac Sidney (Sid) Caesar, U.S. Coast Guard (1939-45) Isaac Sidney (or Sid) Caesar, of the US Coast Guard between 1939 and 1945, is known for being a comedian and TV star of the 50s that inspired many of the household names of today. Elevating TV comedy from simple slapstick to more sophisticated sketch comedy was just one element...

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Sgt Drew Carey, U.S. Marine Corps (1980-1986)

Sgt Drew Carey, U.S. Marine Corps (1980-1986)

Comedian and TV star Drew Carey bounced back from a traumatic childhood thanks to the confidence he obtained from six years of service in the US Marine Corps. Sgt Drew Carey, U.S. Marine Corps (1980-86) Drew Carey, of the US Marine Corps between 1980 and 1986, may be better recognized as the host of the game show The Price is Right, or for his previous work as host of improv comedy show Whose Line is it Anyway? It might surprise some to learn, however, that his distinctive haircut and glasses...

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William (Bill) Ralph Blass, U.S. Army (1943-1945)

William (Bill) Ralph Blass, U.S. Army (1943-1945)

Together We Served profiles Bill Blass, who gained a reputation as a fashion maven and designer, but also served in the highly unusual Ghost Army during WW2. William (Bill) Ralph Blass, U.S. Army (1943-1945) William (or Bill) Ralph Blass of the US Army between 1943 and 1945 is better known for his contributions to the fashion industry. However, his efforts during World War II are as remarkable as they are unusual. The Beginnings of Bill Blass, American Fashion Designer William Ralph Blass was...

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Jeff Bridges, U.S Coast Guard Reserves (1967-1975)

Jeff Bridges, U.S Coast Guard Reserves (1967-1975)

Did you know? As well as being one of Hollywood’s best liked actors, Jeff Bridges spent seven years in the US Coast Guard Reserves. Jeff Bridges, U.S Coast Guard Reserves (1967-1975) Jeff Bridges, of the US Coast Guard Reserves between 1967 and 1975, was a showbiz presence before he ever put on a uniform. The son of renowned Hollywood actor Lloyd Bridges, both his brother Beau and Jeff made appearances with their father on the TV series Sea Hunt between 1958 and 1960. Perhaps it was his...

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Orville Richard Burrell (aka Shaggy), U.S. Marine Corps (1988-1992)

Orville Richard Burrell (aka Shaggy), U.S. Marine Corps (1988-1992)

Together We Served recognizes the efforts of Shaggy, who went on from a position in the Marines to become a reggae icon and advocate for veterans’ rights. Orville Richard Burrell (aka Shaggy), U.S. Marine Corps (1988-1992) Orville Richard Burrell, also known as Shaggy, of the US Marine Corps between 1988 and 1992, came to live in Brooklyn as a teenager after leaving his home of Jamaica. While he showed early musical promise, he was in need of steady income, and the Marines were happy to take...

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Charles Dennis Buchinsky (Bronson), U.S Army Air Force (1943-1945)

Charles Dennis Buchinsky (Bronson), U.S Army Air Force (1943-1945)

Charles Bronson is remembered for his intimidating screen presence, but did you know he served as a gunner on the B-29s that bombed Japan in WW2? Charles Dennis Buchinsky (Bronson), U.S Army Air Force (1943-1945) Charles Dennis Buchinsky (or Bronson) of the US Army Air Force between 1943 and 1945, went on to be one of Hollywood’s pre-eminent tough guys, the face of the Death Wish film franchise. However, his time as the silver screen’s top draw was preceded by a very humble childhood. Charles...

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Robert (Bob) William Barker, U.S. Navy (1943-1945)

Robert (Bob) William Barker, U.S. Navy (1943-1945)

Bob Barker, the game show host with a glittering 50 year career, was a Navy fighter pilot before arriving in Hollywood. Together We Served honors his service. Robert (Bob) William Barker, U.S. Navy Reserve (1943-1945) Robert or ‘Bob’ William Barker of the US Navy Reserve between 1943 and 1945, is best known for hosting the iconic game show The Price Is Right between 1972 and 2007. His stint on the program made him a record-breaker, the longest-running daytime game show host in North American...

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