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1. Shaggy


2. Shaggy


The U.S. Marines Corps and is a veteran of the Persian Gulf War. (AP)

3. Nate Dogg

Nate Dogg

U.S. Marine – Munitions Specialist

4. Morgan Freeman

Morgan Freeman

Air Force – served as a radar technician. (Photo: PR Photos)

5. Jimi Hendrex

Jimi Hendrex

Enlisted in the Army in 1961. While serving, he formed a band “The King Casuals’ (Photo: AP)

6. B.B. King

B.B. King

U.S. Army in 1943. (Photo: AP)

7. Sherman Hemsley

Sherman Hemsley

U.S. Air Force (Photo: PR Photos)

8. Colin Powell

Colin Powell

Retired four-star general in the United States Army. (Photo: AP)

9. Ice-T


U.S. Army for four years after graduating from high school. (Photo: AP)

10. M.C. Hammer

M.C. Hammer

U.S. Navy for three years as a petty officer third-class aviation store keeper. (AP)

11. Sidney Poitier

Sidney Poitier

U.S. Army (Photo: PR Photos)

12. Leon Spinks

Leon Spinks

Marine Corp. – After Boot Camp, joined All-Marine Boxing Team. (Photo: PR Photos)

13. Sinbad


U.S. Air Force – Boom Operator aboard KG-135 Stratotankers. (Photo: PR Photos)

14. Montel Williams

Montel Williams

The Marines as a corporal and Navy as a midshipman. (AP)

15. Bill Cosby

Bill Cosby

The Navy during the Korean War and worked at the Bethesda Naval Hospital helping injured veterans.

16. Clyde McPatter

Clyde McPatter

U.S. Army (Photo: YouTube)

17. John Amos

John Amos

Army National Guard (Photo: Tumblr)

18. Ken Norton

Ken Norton

U.S. Marines

19. Tom Selleck

Tom Selleck

Army National Guard

20. Charles Rangel

Charles Rangel

U.S. Army and is a veteran of the Korean War. (AP)

21. Mr. T

Mr. T

U.S. Army – Military Police (Photo: AP)

22. Mystikal


U.S. Army – Gulf War

23. James Earl Jones

James Earl Jones

Graduated from Army Ranger school. (Photo: AP)

24. Frankie Gaye

Frankie Gaye

Vietnam War – After he returned home and shared his experiences with his older brother, Marvin Gaye wrote the song ‘What’s Happen Brother’ (Photo: Tumblr)

25. John Coltrane

John Coltrane

U.S. Navy – Volunteer Apprentice Seaman. One year later, made his 1st recording with the Melody Master, a Navy band.

26. Harry Belafonte

Harry Belafonte

Joined the U.S. Navy after high school and served during World War II. (Photo: AP)

27. Jackie Robinson

Jackie Robinson

Served as a 2nd lieutenant with the U.S. Army and was sent to a segregated unit in Kansas.

28. David Robinson

David Robinson

Served in the U.S. Navy and played in the Navy’s basketball league. (AP)

29. Lou Rawls

Lou Rawls

Served as a Paratrooper in the US Army in the 1950’s. (Photo: AP)

30. Sunny Anderson of Food Network Fame

Sunny Anderson of Food Network Fame

The Air Force (Sr. Airman) as a military radio host in South Korea. (AP)

31. Alex Haley

Alex Haley

Joined the Coast Guard at 18 and began a 20 yr. service career earning numerous awards and decorations. (AP)

32. Heavyweight Champ Joe Louis

Heavyweight Champ Joe Louis

Enlisted in the Army in 1942 at Camp Upton on Long Island, NY. (AP)

33. Richard Pryor

Richard Pryor

U.S. Army (Photo: Tumblr)

34. Rev. Jeremiah Wright

Rev. Jeremiah Wright

The Marine Corps and attained the rank of private first class. (AP)

35. James Avery

James Avery

U.S. Navy – Vietnam (Photo: Tumblr)

36. Willie Nelson

Willie Nelson

U.S. Air Force