history The Most Beloved US Veterans  

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List Rules Vote up the famous veterans that you love and respect the most.

While all of our veterans should be beloved and respected, many have stuck in the public consciousness. Some became famous veterans because of their incredible accomplishments in war, and others because of their accomplishments in entertainment or business after their service. While some of the names on this list of famous US veterans are decorated heroes, and others were malcontents who couldn't stay out of military prison (looking at you, George Carlin), all are veterans that are now loved and respected by the public.
 
Veterans like bomber pilot and movie star Jimmy Stewart, are obviously iconic. Others, like former Marine Corps driver turned icon Bea Arthur, might be people you had no idea served in the military. Their accomplishments in uniform run the gamut, from the heroism of Audie Murphy to personally having a bounty put on them by Hitler (Clark Gable) to undistinguished stints that ended quickly. A few fought in World War II and became highly anti-authoritarian. There are even some baseball players who gave up years of their careers to put themselves in harms way in combat in both World Wars.

Vote up the American veterans you respect and revere the most, and vote down the ones who don't deserve the admiration they get from the public. From US Army veterans to World War 2 veterans, any famous and beloved veteran of the US armed forces deserves a spot on this list!
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Chesty Puller is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Beloved US Veterans
Chesty Puller Died at 73 (1898-1971) - The most decorated Marine in history, he fought in the Banana Wars, World War II, and Korea.

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George S. Patton is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Beloved US Veterans
George S. Patton Died at 60 (1885-1945) - Famous "blood and guts" general who led tank armies across Germany.

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Audie Murphy is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Beloved US Veterans
Audie Murphy Died at 46 (1925-1971) - The most decorated soldier in American history. Later became a film actor.

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Alvin C. York is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Beloved US Veterans
Alvin C. York Died at 77 (1887-1964) - Heroic World War I soldier who became famous after the war.

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James Stewart is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Beloved US Veterans
James Stewart Died at 89 (1908-1997) - Enlisted as a private, flew combat missions in World War II and retired a two-star general.

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Jimmy Doolittle is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Beloved US Veterans
Jimmy Doolittle Died at 97 (1896-1993) - Army Air Force General who led the first bombing raid against Japan in World War II.

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Theodore Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Beloved US Veterans
Theodore Roosevelt Died at 61 (1858-1919) - The future president led a charge up San Juan Hill in Cuba in the Spanish-American War.

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George Washington is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Beloved US Veterans
RobLein added George Washington Died at 67 (1732-1799) - How did we miss him? First in war, first in peace, first in the hearts of his countryman. And nobody can ever outrank him, thanks to an appropriate bill passed by Congress.

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Lee Marvin is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Beloved US Veterans
Lee Marvin Died at 63 (1924-1987) - The tough guy actor fought with the Marines at Saipan, and was badly wounded.

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Dwight D. Eisenhower is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Beloved US Veterans
RobLein added Dwight D. Eisenhower Died at 79 (1890-1969)

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Norman Schwarzkopf, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Beloved US Veterans
Norman Schwarzkopf, Jr. Died at 78 (1934-2012) - Known as "Stormin' Norman," he masterminded the 100-hour ground phase of the Gulf War.

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Pat Tillman is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Beloved US Veterans
Pat Tillman Died at 28 (1976-2004) - Left the NFL to join the Army Rangers. Was killed in action in Afghanistan.

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Clint Eastwood is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Beloved US Veterans
Clint Eastwood age 86 - Drafted into the US Army in 1951.

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Eddie Rickenbacker is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Beloved US Veterans
Eddie Rickenbacker Died at 83 (1890-1973) - World War I American fighter ace and aviation pioneer.

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Ted Williams is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Beloved US Veterans
Ted Williams Died at 84 (1918-2002) - Gave up four years of his baseball career to serve as a Naval aviator.

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Ernest Borgnine is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Beloved US Veterans
Ernest Borgnine Died at 95 (1917-2012) - Served nearly 10 years in the Navy, mostly in anti-submarine warfare.

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391 56
Yogi Berra is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Beloved US Veterans
Yogi Berra age 91 - Interrupted his baseball career to serve in the Navy, and was wounded in the Normandy invasion.

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Chester W. Nimitz is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Beloved US Veterans
RobLein added Chester W. Nimitz Died at 81 (1885-1966)

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Kirk Douglas is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Beloved US Veterans
Kirk Douglas age 100 - Wounded in combat in the Navy during World War II.

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John Basilone is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Beloved US Veterans
BrianEdwards added John Basilone Died at 29 (1916-1945)

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Gene Hackman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Beloved US Veterans
Gene Hackman age 87 - Served four years in the Marine Corps as a radio operator.

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Chris Kyle is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Beloved US Veterans
icoachfb added Chris Kyle age 55

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Daniel Inouye is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Beloved US Veterans
RobLein added Daniel Inouye Died at 88 (1924-2012) - Served in the U.S. Army during World War II, and received the Medal of Honor for his actions in battle near San Terenzo, Italy. He was severely injured and lost his right arm. Received the Purple Heart and Bronze Star ...

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Douglas MacArthur is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Beloved US Veterans
Douglas MacArthur Died at 84 (1880-1964) - The famed general won over 100 medals and decorations in his career.

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Johnny Cash is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Beloved US Veterans
Johnny Cash Died at 71 (1932-2003) - Joined the Air Force and served as a radio operator in Germany.

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Humphrey Bogart is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Beloved US Veterans
Humphrey Bogart Died at 58 (1899-1957) - Gained his famous upper lip scar in the Navy just after World War I.

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Rocky Bleier is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Beloved US Veterans
Rocky Bleier age 69 - The Steelers quarterback was badly wounded in Vietnam before winning four Super Bowls.

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Jackie Robinson is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Beloved US Veterans
Jackie Robinson Died at 53 (1919-1972) - Drafted in World War II and served in a segregated unit.

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William Halsey, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Beloved US Veterans
RobLein added William Halsey, Jr. Died at 77 (1882-1959)

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Omar Bradley is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Beloved US Veterans
RobLein added Omar Bradley Died at 88 (1893-1981)

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Gene Autry is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Beloved US Veterans
Gene Autry Died at 91 (1907-1998) - The movie star served as a transport pilot in World War II.

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Alec Guinness is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Beloved US Veterans
Alec Guinness Died at 86 (1914-2000) - Landed troops in multiple combat operations for the Royal Navy.

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Mel Brooks is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Beloved US Veterans
Mel Brooks age 90 - Served as a combat engineer in Europe in World War II, disarming mines and building bridges.

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Steve McQueen is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Beloved US Veterans
Steve McQueen Died at 50 (1930-1980) - Served in the Army in the late '40s, and was demoted multiple times for insubordination.

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237 39
Hank Greenberg is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Beloved US Veterans
Hank Greenberg Died at 75 (1911-1986) - Had two stints in the Army and flew B-29 bombers in combat.

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John F. Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Beloved US Veterans
RobLein added John F. Kennedy

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George Marshall is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Beloved US Veterans
RobLein added George Marshall Died at 79 (1880-1959)

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John J. Pershing is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Beloved US Veterans
RobLein added John J. Pershing Died at 88 (1860-1948)

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Henry Fonda is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Beloved US Veterans
Henry Fonda Died at 77 (1905-1982) - Served three years in the Navy on a destroyer, including combat in the Pacific.

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246 46
Robert L. Howard is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Beloved US Veterans
Robert L. Howard Died at 70 (1939-2009) - Vietnam vet known as "the real Rambo." Was the most decorated American since World War II.

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James Earl Jones is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Beloved US Veterans
James Earl Jones age 86 - Trained as an Army Ranger during the Korean War, but never saw combat.

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Bob Dole is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Beloved US Veterans
RobLein added Bob Dole age 93 - A second lieutenant in the U.S. Army during World War II, Dole received major injuries from German machine gun fire. He barely survived and underwent a long period of recovery. Was given two Purple Hearts and the Bronze ...

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Dennis Franz is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Beloved US Veterans
Dennis Franz age 72 - Drafted in 1968 and served as a paratrooper in Vietnam.

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Rob Riggle is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Beloved US Veterans
Rob Riggle age 46 - Was an officer in the Marine Corps and served in combat in Kosovo and Afghanistan.

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Tony Bennett is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Beloved US Veterans
Tony Bennett age 90 - Fought intense house-to-house battles in the Army in Europe at the end of World War II.

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Clark Gable is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Beloved US Veterans
Clark Gable Died at 59 (1901-1960) - Flew combat missions over Europe, and had a bounty put on his capture by Hitler.

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Bea Arthur is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Beloved US Veterans
Bea Arthur Died at 87 (1922-2009) - Served as a driver stateside in the Marines during World War II.

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Chuck Norris is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Beloved US Veterans
Chuck Norris age 77 - Learned martial arts in a four year stint in the Air Force, from 1958 to 1962.

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Montel Williams is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Beloved US Veterans
Montel Williams age 60 - Spent over two decades in the Marine Corps and Navy before becoming a talk show host.

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247 65
Alan Alda is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Beloved US Veterans
Alan Alda age 81 - Served in the Army as a gunnery officer before becoming an actor.