Celebrities Who Served In The Military

Published on 10/28/2019
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Sherman Hemsley

“George Jefferson” as most of us lovingly knew him was a star throughout the 1970’s and 80’s. Believe it or not he dropped out of school in order to join the U.S. Air Force. He served in Japan and in Korea and after he completed his four-year service he returned back home to Philadelphia where he worked as a mailman. The world of celebrities would follow.

Sherman Hemsley

Sherman Hemsley

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John Coltrane

John Coltrane enlisted in the Navy on August 6th, 1945. Not that he knew it, but it turned out to be a historical day as it was the day that America dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima. He then moved to Pearl Harbor with his unit and became a member of the swing band called the “Melody Masters”. Sadly he died when he was just 40 years old and until this day is considered one of the most significant saxophonists in music history.

John Coltrane

John Coltrane

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