Wendy’s founder Dave Thomas honed his restaurant skills serving 2,000 soldiers daily as a mess sergeant from 1950-1953, during the Korean War.
The future Wheel of Fortune host served as an Armed Forces Radio DJ in Saigon, Vietnam, between 1968-1970.
When 18-year-old James Marshall Hendrix was busted on stolen car charges in 1961, he was given a choice: the Army or prison. He took the former, and later received an honorable discharge for an ankle injury sustained as a paratrooper.
Alan Alda was great in his role as Hawkeye on M*A*S*H, and his real-world experience could not have hurt. Alda joined the Army Reserve after graduating college.
Fans of Teen Mom 2 know that Kailyn Lowry's husband Javi Marroquin is an active member of the U.S. Air Force.
Before he became the ultimate Playboy, Hugh Hefner enlisted in the army as an infantry clerk and won a sharpshooter badge in basic training. While enlisted in Oregon, then Virginia, he drew cartoons for Army newspapers.