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The Most Beloved US Veterans

Updated June 14, 2019 54.6k votes 3.4k voters 44.0k views101 items

List RulesVote 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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    George Washington is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Beloved US Veterans
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    George Washington

    Dec. at 67 (1732-1799)

    BirthplaceVirginia, 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.
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    Audie Murphy is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Beloved US Veterans
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    Audie Murphy

    Dec. at 46 (1925-1971)

    BirthplaceKingston, Texas, United States of America

    The most decorated soldier in American history. Later became a film actor.
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    Alvin C. York is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Beloved US Veterans
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    Alvin C. York

    Dec. at 77 (1887-1964)

    BirthplacePall Mall, Tennessee

    Heroic World War I soldier who became famous after the war.
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    Dwight D. Eisenhower is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Beloved US Veterans
    818
    78

    Dwight D. Eisenhower

    Dec. at 79 (1890-1969)

    BirthplaceDenison, Texas, United States of America

    Dwight David "Ike" Eisenhower ( EYE-zən-how-ər; October 14, 1890 – March 28, 1969) was an... more on Wikipedia
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    George S. Patton is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Beloved US Veterans
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    George S. Patton

    Dec. at 60 (1885-1945)

    BirthplaceSan Gabriel, California

    Famous "blood and guts" general who led tank armies across Germany.
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    Chesty Puller is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Beloved US Veterans
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    Chesty Puller

    Dec. at 73 (1898-1971)

    BirthplaceWest Point, Virginia

    The most decorated Marine in history, he fought in the Banana Wars, World War II, and Korea.
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    James Stewart is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Beloved US Veterans
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    James Stewart

    Dec. at 89 (1908-1997)

    BirthplaceIndiana, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    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) 8 on the list The Most Beloved US Veterans
    881
    115

    Jimmy Doolittle

    Dec. at 97 (1896-1993)

    BirthplaceAlameda, California

    Army Air Force General who led the first bombing raid against Japan in World War II.
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    John Basilone is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Beloved US Veterans
    690
    78

    John Basilone

    Dec. at 29 (1916-1945)

    BirthplaceBuffalo, New York

    John Basilone (November 4, 1916 – February 19, 1945) was a United States Marine Corps Gunnery... more on Wikipedia
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    Chester W. Nimitz is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Beloved US Veterans
    592
    57

    Chester W. Nimitz

    Dec. at 81 (1885-1966)

    BirthplaceFredericksburg, Texas, United States of America

    Chester William Nimitz, Sr. (; February 24, 1885 – February 20, 1966) was a fleet admiral of... more on Wikipedia
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    Theodore Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Beloved US Veterans
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    Theodore Roosevelt

    Dec. at 61 (1858-1919)

    BirthplaceManhattan, New York City, New York, United States of America

    The future president led a charge up San Juan Hill in Cuba in the Spanish-American War.
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    Eddie Rickenbacker is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Beloved US Veterans
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    79

    Eddie Rickenbacker

    Dec. at 83 (1890-1973)

    BirthplaceColumbus, Ohio

    World War I American fighter ace and aviation pioneer.
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    Lee Marvin is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Beloved US Veterans
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    Lee Marvin

    Dec. at 63 (1924-1987)

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    The tough guy actor fought with the Marines at Saipan, and was badly wounded.
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    Pat Tillman is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Beloved US Veterans
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    Pat Tillman

    Age: Died at 28 (1976-2004)

    BirthplaceFremont, California

    Left the NFL to join the Army Rangers. Was killed in action in Afghanistan.
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    Ted Williams is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Beloved US Veterans
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    Ted Williams

    Dec. at 84 (1918-2002)

    BirthplaceSan Diego, California, United States of America

    Gave up four years of his baseball career to serve as a Naval aviator.
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    Norman Schwarzkopf, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Beloved US Veterans
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    Norman Schwarzkopf, Jr.

    Dec. at 78 (1934-2012)

    BirthplaceTrenton, New Jersey, United States of America

    Known as "Stormin' Norman," he masterminded the 100-hour ground phase of the Gulf War.
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    Chris Kyle is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Beloved US Veterans
    756
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    Chris Kyle

    Dec. at 39 (1974-2013)

    BirthplaceOdessa, Texas

    Christopher Scott "Chris" Kyle was a United States Navy SEAL and the most lethal sniper in... more on Wikipedia
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    Omar Bradley is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Beloved US Veterans
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    Omar Bradley

    Dec. at 88 (1893-1981)

    BirthplaceClark, Missouri, United States of America

    General of the Army Omar Nelson Bradley (February 12, 1893 – April 8, 1981) was a senior... more on Wikipedia
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    Yogi Berra is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Beloved US Veterans
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    Yogi Berra

    Age: 95

    BirthplaceThe Hill, St. Louis, Missouri, United States of America

    Interrupted his baseball career to serve in the Navy, and was wounded in the Normandy invasion.
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    George Marshall is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Beloved US Veterans
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    George Marshall

    Dec. at 79 (1880-1959)

    BirthplaceUniontown, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    George Catlett Marshall Jr. (December 31, 1880 – October 16, 1959) was an American soldier and... more on Wikipedia
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    Ernest Borgnine is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Beloved US Veterans
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    Ernest Borgnine

    Dec. at 95 (1917-2012)

    BirthplaceHamden, Connecticut, United States of America

    Served nearly 10 years in the Navy, mostly in anti-submarine warfare.
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    Pappy Boyington is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Beloved US Veterans
    332
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    Pappy Boyington

    Dec. at 76 (1912-1988)

    BirthplaceCoeur d'Alene, Idaho

    Gregory "Pappy" Boyington (December 4, 1912 – January 11, 1988) was an American combat pilot... more on Wikipedia
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    John J. Pershing is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Beloved US Veterans
    427
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    John J. Pershing

    Dec. at 88 (1860-1948)

    BirthplaceLaclede, Missouri

    General of the Armies John Joseph "Black Jack" Pershing (September 13, 1860 – July 15, 1948)... more on Wikipedia
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    Ira Hayes is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Beloved US Veterans
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    Ira Hayes

    Dec. at 32 (1923-1955)

    BirthplaceSacaton, Arizona

    Ira Hamilton Hayes (January 12, 1923 – January 24, 1955) was a Pima Native American and a... more on Wikipedia
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    William Halsey, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Beloved US Veterans
    433
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    William Halsey, Jr.

    Dec. at 77 (1882-1959)

    BirthplaceElizabeth, New Jersey

    Fleet Admiral William Frederick Halsey Jr., KBE (October 30, 1882 – August 16, 1959), known as... more on Wikipedia
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