Can You Name All of These Famous Veterans from an Image?

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J.P. Naomi

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While attempting to enroll in Seattle University, Clint Eastwood was drafted for the Korean War effort. He's not only an actor/director, ​but also a film score composer and politician. He is well known for work in "Gran Torino," "Unforgiven," and "Rawhide."

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In 1958, Elvis Presley was drafted into the U.S. Army. Instead of joining Special Services, where he could have kept regularly performing, Presley opted to be treated a s a regular soldier. Born in Tupelo, Mississippi, Elvis Presley got all shook up as one of the most famous music icons of the 20th century. He died in 1977 at the age of 42.

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Chuck Norris was born in Ryan, Oklahoma. He joined the Air Force in 1958 as an Air Policeman. After serving in the military, he rose to fame as a martial artist and opened his own martial arts school called Chun Kuk Do.

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Mr. T, known for his role in "The A-Team," was born in Chicago, Illinois and served in the Military Police Corps. He is known for his trademark African Mandinka warrior hairstyle and gold jewelry.

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Born in Toledo, Ohio, Jamie Farr performed on television, film and in theater. He was born in 1934 and after being drafted in the 1950s, he served in Japan and Korea.

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Pat Sajak was born in Chicago, Illinois and served in uniform for American Forces Vietnam Network. He is best known for hosting "Wheel of Fortune."

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Morgan Freeman was born in Memphis, Tennessee and enlisted in the Air Force in 1955 and rose to the rank of Airman 1st Class. In 2005, he won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for "Million Dollar Baby."

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Jimi Hendrix was born in Seattle, Washington and joined the Army in 1961. He completed his paratrooper training in a little over 8 months but was given an honorable discharge on the basis of unsuitability. His full name was James Marshall Hendrix.

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Oliver Stone enlisted in the Army in 1967 and requested active combat duty in Vietnam. Born in New York City, Oliver Stone is also known for films, "JFK," "Natural Born Killers" and "Any Given Sunday."

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Actor Mickey Rooney served in the US Army during World War II. He spent most of his time in the Army entertaining the troops in Special Services. He was actually awarded a Bronze Star Medal for entertaining troops in combat zones!

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Following trouble at home, Marvin Gaye enlisted in the Air Force in 1956, when he was 17 years old. Gaye was extraordinarily influential in the genres of R&B and Soul.

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Humphrey DeForest Bogart was born on Christmas Day 1899 in New York City. With few viable career options, he enlisted in the Navy as a teenager in 1918, where he was referred to as a model sailor.

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Montel Brian Anthony Williams was born on July 3, 1956 and joined the Marines after graduating high school. He is best known for his long-running talk show, "The Montel Williams Show".

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Ernest Borgnine served in the US Navy for a total of 10 years. Did you know that on December 7, 2000, he was named the Veterans Foundation's Veteran of the Year? He died at the age of 95 in 2012.

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Johnny Carson was born in Corning, Iowa. Carson joined the Navy in 1943 and served aboard the U.S.S Pennsylvania.

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Mel Brooks was born in New York City as Melvin Kaminsky on June 28, 1926 and was drafted in 1944. After receiving specialized training in military engineering, he defused land minds as the German army retreated at the end of WWII. He is known for creating comic parodies.

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Robert William Barker was born in Darrington, Washington and served as a Navy fighter pilot during WWII. He is best known for "The Price is Right," helping to make it the longest-running daytime game show.

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Country music legend John R. Cash was born in Kingsland, Arkansas in 1932. He enlisted in the Air Force in 1950 and served in Germany as a Morse Code operator and intercepted Soviet Army transmissions.

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He was born Thomas William Selleck in Detroit, Michigan. After receiving a draft notice for the Vietnam effort, he joined the California National Guard. First famous for "Magnum, P.I.," he is also known for his roles in "3 Men and a Baby" and "Blue Bloods."

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Steve McQueen was born Terence Steven McQueen in 1930 in Beech Grove, Indiana. McQueen joined the Marines in 1947 and saved the lives of five other men when an Arctic sea exercise went wrong.

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Ernest Hemingway was born in 1899 in Oak Park, Illinois. He served as an ambulance driver in WWI. He went on to become a novelist and journalist, and is most well known for his books.

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Hugh Marston Hefner was a native of Chicago, Illinois. He was a former journalist for both Esquire and the Army. He is most famous for founding Playboy magazine.

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Paul Leonard Newman was born in 1925 in Shaker Heights, Ohio and served with the Navy in WWII. He is also known for "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid," "The Sting" and "Cars."

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Nate Dogg was born Nathaniel Dwayne Hale. He joined the Marines after leaving high school.

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Vincent Pastore was born in New York City. He was a Navy sailor and a radio personality prior to his career in "The Sopranos," "Goodfellas" and "Carlito's Way," to name a few.

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James Earl Jones was born in Arkabutla, Mississippi on January 17, 1931 and he was drafted in 1953, just after the end of the Korean War. His career has spanned more than 60 years in acting and voice acting.

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Did you know that George Carlin joined the United States Air Force when he was old enough, and trained as a radar technician? He was stationed at Barksdale Air Force Base in Bossier City, Louisiana and was discharged on July 29, 1957.

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MC Hammer was born on March 30, 1962 and was in the Navy for 3 years as a member of a patrol squadron. He is "2 Legit 2 Quit" and is still active in the entertainment world.

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Did you know that "M*A*S*H" star Alan Alda was a member of the ROTC and served in the Army Reserves? He later went on to earn six Emmy and Golden Globe awards.

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Jesse Ventura was born in Minneapolis and served in the Navy during the Vietnam war, although he did not see combat. His real name is James George Janos.

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Shaggy was born in Kingston, Jamaica in 1968. He enlisted with the Marines and served in the Persian Gulf War. His real name is Orville Richard Burrell.

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Donald Jay Rickles was a stand-up comedian and actor. He enlisted in the Navy and served on a motor torpedo boat in WWII. He was born in New York City and is rated one of the funniest stand-up comedians of all time.

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Charlton Heston was born in Evanston, Illinois and served as an Air Force as a radio operator and aerial gunner during WWII. Besides "Ben-Hur," he is also known for "Touch of Evil" and "Sworn to Secrecy: Secrets of War."

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Kirk Douglas was born Issur Danielovitch on December 9, 1916 in New York. He enlisted in the Navy in 1941 and served as a communications officer.

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Sinbad was born David Adkins in Benton Harbor, Michigan and served in the Air Force as a boom operator in the 384th Air Refueling Wing. He is a comedian known for the films "Jingle All the Way" and "First Kid."

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Robert Selden Duvall has been nominated for seven Academy Awards and six Golden Globes in his career. He served briefly in the Army following the Korean War, but barely qualified with the M-1 rifle. In 2005, he received the National Medal of Arts.

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Gene Hackman was born in 1930 in San Bernardino, California. He left school and lied about his age to join the Marines at 16. In 1967, he was nominated for his first Academy Award for his role as Buck Barrow in "Bonnie and Clyde."

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Kurt Vonnegut Jr. was born in Indianapolis in 1922. He enlisted in the Army and fought at the Battle of the Bulge. He was also a POW in Dresden, Germany when the city was bombed. Author of 14 books, he's most famous for the novel "Slaughterhouse-Five".

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Jazz musician John Coltrane enlisted in the Navy in 1945 and played in their jazz band, the "Melody Masters". Since the band was all-white, efforts were taken to avoid alerting superior officers to his participation in the band.

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Did you know Ice-T's real name is Tracy Lauren Marrow? He served in the US Army but left four months ahead of schedule after learning he could be honorably discharged for being a single father.

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Samuel George Davis Jr. was an American singer, dancer, actor and comedian who served in the United States Army during World War II.

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Richard Pryor served in the US Army for two years, but he spent most of that time in Army prison! He is best known as a comedian and actor who paved the way for many present-day comics.

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Jack Lemmon, made famous by his role in "The Odd Couple", joined the Navy after college.

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Daniel Louis Aiello, Jr. is known for his roles in many films including "Once Upon a Time in America," "Ruby," "The Godfather: Part II," "Hudson Hawk," "The Purple Rose of Cairo" and "Dinner Rush." Age the age of 16, he lied about his age in order to enlist in the US Army.

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Harold George Bellanfanti Jr. served in the US Navy during World War II. He is now known as the "King of Calypso"!

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William Sanderson was born on January 10, 1944. He was made famous for his roles in "Blade Runner", "Deadwood", "True Blood" and as a cast member of "Newhart". He served in the Army and used the G.I. Bill to receive his education.

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Dennis Franz is an American actor best known for his role as Detective Andy Sipowicz in the ABC television series "NYPD Blue". After graduating college, he was drafted with the Army and served 11 months in Vietnam.

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Henry Fonda made his Hollywood debut in 1935, and his career gained momentum after his Academy Award-nominated performance as Tom Joad in "The Grapes of Wrath." He served in the Navy from 1942 - 1946 earning the rank of lieutenant.

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Known today as Kylo Ren in the latest Star Wars trilogy, Adam Driver enlisted in the US Marine Corps in 2001 following the attack of 9/11. He was medically discharged in 2004.

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Did you know that "It's a Wonderful Life" star James Stewart was rejected from the US Army when he was first drafted because he didn't meet the weight requirement? He then worked out and bulked up and enlisted as a private!

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About This Quiz

Did you know that Bea Arthur, yes the Golden Girl, was a truck driver in the United States Marine Corps? We kid you not! And she's not the only surprising one. There are 50 others we're about to quiz you on! Think you have what it takes to recognize these famous military vets? Will you march to the front lines with pride? Or will you bite the bullet and sink your ship? We're about to find out!

You see, there are more military veterans in Hollywood than you think, and they're not all from the time of the Draft, like Clint Eastwood and James Earl Jones. Did you know that even today's famed Star Wars actor Adam Driver enlisted in the United States Marine Corps following the attack on 9/11? We won't mention that he was medically discharged for a non-service related back injury... read: mountain biking accident! OK, we just did.

But no matter how old or how long they served for, the fact is, they are veterans. Regardless of being drafted or enlisting voluntarily, they all pledged to honor our country and knew the risk of making the ultimate sacrifice for the United States of America.

So how many of them do you actually know? It's time to find out! Don't go AWOL on this quiz! Be sure to put your best left, left, left-right-left foot forward and march on! Good luck and remember, keep your head down out there!

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