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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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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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