During high school, Bill Cosby dropped out to join the Navy, where he worked as a medical aide on ships and in military hospitals. He also became a member of the Navy's track team, and earned his high school diploma while enlisted in the service. After hitting fame in show business, he became an honorary chief hospital corpsman.
Oakland native Stanley Burrell served three years in the US Navy. He later adopted the stage name MC Hammer and traded his parachute for pants that resembled them.
All My Children actor and Dancing With the Stars winner J.R. Martinez was known first for his amazing story. After suffering severe burns, losing 34 percent of his body and having to re-learn how to walk following a 2003 strike on his military vehicle, Martinez traveled the U.S. delivering motivational speeches to other injured veterans.
Montel Williams joined the Marines straight out of high school and earned a scholarship to the prestigious Naval Academy. He served 20 years in the Navy as successful and heavily-decorated officer.
Oliver Stone was a decorated Vietnam veteran and Purple Heart winner. His film Platoon was made in part to help the famed director process some of his own experiences.
Fans of Teen Mom 2 know that Kailyn Lowry's husband Javi Marroquin is an active member of the U.S. Air Force.
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