Celebrities Who Served

Nick Adams, U.S. Coast Guard (1952-1954)

Nick Adams, U.S. Coast Guard (1952-1954)

Academy Award-nominated actor Nick Adams led a troubled life after clawing his way up from the bottom. His service with the Coast Guard set him up for success. Nick Adams, U.S. Coast Guard (1952-1954) Nick Adams, of the US Coast Guard between 1952 and 1954, came from humble beginnings to try and make a Hollywood star of himself. Cohort of James Dean and Elvis Presley, Adams also came to an unfortunate end chasing their caliber of fame. Nevertheless, he was a dutiful member of the Coast Guard...

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Desi Arnaz, U.S. Army (1942-1945)

Desi Arnaz, U.S. Army (1942-1945)

Before Desi Arnaz was the co-star and producer of I Love Lucy, he was a member of the US Army. Together We Served looks at his life and service. Desi Arnaz, U.S. Army (1942-1945) Desi Arnaz of the US Army between 1942 and 1945 is perhaps most famous for his starring role as Ricky Ricardo opposite his real-life spouse Lucille Ball in the foundational modern TV sitcom I Love Lucy. Desi was already on his way to becoming a star when he was drafted into the US Army, but his time as a soldier gave...

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David ‘Sinbad’ Adkins, U.S. Air Force (1979-1983)

David ‘Sinbad’ Adkins, U.S. Air Force (1979-1983)

David Adkins, aka Sinbad, got his start in comedy competing in US Air Force talent shows. Together We Served follows his career from Wichita to Hollywood. David ‘Sinbad’ Adkins, U.S. Air Force (1979-83) David ‘Sinbad’ Adkins, of the US Air Force between 1979 and 1983, is better known for his body of work as a comedian and film & TV actor. Prior to this success, however, Sinbad spent some time in the military. Together We Served examines how a failed basketball prospect became one of the...

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Neil Alden Armstrong, U.S. Navy (1949-1952)

Neil Alden Armstrong, U.S. Navy (1949-1952)

Neil Armstrong, first man on the Moon, began his career in aeronautics by serving in the US Navy flying missions over Korea. Together We Served honors a legend. Neil Alden Armstrong, U.S. Navy (1949-52) Neil Alden Armstrong of the US Navy between 1949 and 1952, is better known as the first man to walk on the Moon. His iconic announcement ‘One small step for (a) man, one giant leap for mankind,’ and first steps on an extraterrestrial body were broadcast to over 650 million people: around a...

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Paul Arizin, U.S. Marine Corps (1952-1954)

Paul Arizin, U.S. Marine Corps (1952-1954)

‘Pitchin’ Paul Arizin nobly served his country in the USMC in the prime of his NBA career. Together We Served investigates the life of the jump shot pioneer. Paul Arizin, U.S. Marine Corps (1952-1954) Paul Arizin, of the US Marine Corps between 1952 and 1954, is more commonly known as ‘Pitchin’ Paul’, NBA Hall of Fame member and star player of the Philadelphia Warriors during the 50s. There are no shortage of basketball stars who have built an athletic career after a stint in the military:...

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Jack “Jackie” Robinson, U.S. Army (1942-1944)

Jack “Jackie” Robinson, U.S. Army (1942-1944)

Jack Roosevelt Robinson was born in Cairo, Georgia in 1919 to a family of sharecroppers. His mother, Mallie Robinson, single-handedly raised Jackie and her four other children. From this humble beginning would grow the first baseball player to break Major League Baseball’s color barrier that segregated the sport for more than 50 years.

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Morgan Freeman,  U.S. Army (1955-1959)

Morgan Freeman, U.S. Army (1955-1959)

Morgan Freeman is an American actor, director and narrator. He has appeared in a range of film genres portraying character roles and is particularly known for his distinctive deep voice. Freeman is the recipient of various accolades, including an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award.

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