Country music is often unabashedly patriotic, so perhaps it's not surprising that there are so many veteran country singers. Country singers make up a sizable chunk of celebrity veterans. Some famous country stars served in the Marines, while other country singers were drafted into the US Army. A few famous country singers even served overseas.
Who will you find on this list of country singers who are soldiers? Willie Nelson enrolled in the US Air Force after he left high school. Johnny Cash spent four years in the US Air Force in the 1950s. Gene Autry was awarded the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, and the World War II Victory Medal during his time in the Army Air Force. Other famous country musicians who are veterans include George Jones, Conway Twitty, and Sturgill Simpson.
Did you know there were so many country singers in the military? Take a look at this list and read up on the military service careers of some of country's greatest stars.
Willie Nelson enrolled in the US Air Force after he left high school in 1950. He was medically discharged due to back problems after nine months.
Birthplace: Abbott, Texas, United States of America
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Johnny Cash spent four years in the US Air Force in the 1950's. He was stationed in West Germany for most of that time and eavesdropped on Soviet communication as a radio intercept officer. During this time, he learned to translate Russian Morse code.
Age: Died at 71 (1932-2003)
Birthplace: Kingsland, Arkansas, United States of America
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Kris Kristofferson once self-identified himself as an "army brat," as his father was a U.S. Army Air corps officer. Kristofferson moved around a lot during his childhood and became an army helicopter pilot in 1960. In 2011, he was granted the Veteran of the Year award at the American Veteran Awards.
Birthplace: Texas, USA, Brownsville
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George Strait served in the U.S. Army from 1971 to 1975. After being honorably discharged, he studied horticulture at the Southwest Texas State University.
Birthplace: Poteet, Texas, United States of America
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