The Most Beloved US Veterans

Voting 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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  • Audie Murphy
    Dec. at 45 (1925-1971)
    1,302 votes
    • Birthplace: Kingston, Texas, United States of America
    The most decorated soldier in American history. Later became a film actor.
    Audie Leon Murphy (20 June 1925 – 28 May 1971) was one of the most decorated American combat soldiers of World War II. He received every military combat award for valor available from the U.S. Army, ...more
  • George Washington
    Dec. at 67 (1732-1799)
    1,003 votes
    • Birthplace: Virginia, United States of America
    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.
    George Washington was the first President of the United States, the Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army, and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. He presided over the convention ...more
  • Alvin C. York
    Dec. at 76 (1887-1964)
    981 votes
    • Birthplace: Pall Mall, Tennessee
    Heroic World War I soldier who became famous after the war.
    Alvin Cullum York (December 13, 1887 – September 2, 1964), also known as Sergeant York, was one of the most decorated United States Army soldiers of World War I. He received the Medal of Honor for ...more
  • George S. Patton
    Dec. at 60 (1885-1945)
    1,252 votes
    • Birthplace: San Gabriel, California
    Famous "blood and guts" general who led tank armies across Germany.
    George Smith Patton Jr. (November 11, 1885 – December 21, 1945) was a General of the United States Army who commanded the U.S. Seventh Army in the Mediterranean theater of World War II, and the U.S. ...more
  • Jimmy Doolittle
    Dec. at 96 (1896-1993)
    881 votes
    • Birthplace: Alameda, California
    Army Air Force General who led the first bombing raid against Japan in World War II.
    James Harold Doolittle (December 14, 1896 – September 27, 1993) was an American General and aviation pioneer. He made early coast-to-coast flights, won many flying races and, most significantly, ...more
  • Chester W. Nimitz

    Chester W. Nimitz

    Dec. at 80 (1885-1966)
    608 votes
    • Birthplace: Fredericksburg, Texas, United States of America
    Chester William Nimitz, Sr. (; February 24, 1885 – February 20, 1966) was a fleet admiral of the United States Navy. He played a major role in the naval history of World War II as Commander in Chief, ...more