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!
Birthplace: Virginia, United States of AmericaHow 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.
Birthplace: Kingston, Texas, United States of AmericaThe most decorated soldier in American history. Later became a film actor.
Birthplace: Pall Mall, TennesseeHeroic World War I soldier who became famous after the war.
Birthplace: Denison, Texas, United States of AmericaDwight David "Ike" Eisenhower ( EYE-zən-how-ər; October 14, 1890 – March 28, 1969) was an... more on Wikipedia
Birthplace: San Gabriel, CaliforniaFamous "blood and guts" general who led tank armies across Germany.
Birthplace: West Point, VirginiaThe most decorated Marine in history, he fought in the Banana Wars, World War II, and Korea.
Birthplace: Indiana, Pennsylvania, United States of AmericaEnlisted as a private, flew combat missions in World War II and retired a two-star general.
Birthplace: Alameda, CaliforniaArmy Air Force General who led the first bombing raid against Japan in World War II.
Birthplace: Buffalo, New YorkJohn Basilone (November 4, 1916 – February 19, 1945) was a United States Marine Corps Gunnery... more on Wikipedia
Chester W. NimitzDec. at 81 (1885-1966)
Birthplace: Fredericksburg, Texas, United States of AmericaChester William Nimitz, Sr. (; February 24, 1885 – February 20, 1966) was a fleet admiral of... more on Wikipedia
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States of AmericaThe future president led a charge up San Juan Hill in Cuba in the Spanish-American War.
Birthplace: Columbus, OhioWorld War I American fighter ace and aviation pioneer.
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of AmericaThe tough guy actor fought with the Marines at Saipan, and was badly wounded.
Birthplace: San Diego, California, United States of AmericaGave up four years of his baseball career to serve as a Naval aviator.
Birthplace: Fremont, CaliforniaLeft the NFL to join the Army Rangers. Was killed in action in Afghanistan.
Birthplace: Trenton, New Jersey, United States of AmericaKnown as "Stormin' Norman," he masterminded the 100-hour ground phase of the Gulf War.
Birthplace: Odessa, TexasChristopher Scott "Chris" Kyle was a United States Navy SEAL and the most lethal sniper in... more on Wikipedia
Birthplace: Uniontown, Pennsylvania, United States of AmericaGeorge Catlett Marshall Jr. (December 31, 1880 – October 16, 1959) was an American soldier and... more on Wikipedia
Birthplace: The Hill, St. Louis, Missouri, United States of AmericaInterrupted his baseball career to serve in the Navy, and was wounded in the Normandy invasion.
Omar BradleyDec. at 88 (1893-1981)
Birthplace: Clark, Missouri, United States of AmericaGeneral of the Army Omar Nelson Bradley (February 12, 1893 – April 8, 1981) was a senior... more on Wikipedia
Birthplace: Hamden, Connecticut, United States of AmericaServed nearly 10 years in the Navy, mostly in anti-submarine warfare.
Birthplace: Coeur d'Alene, IdahoGregory "Pappy" Boyington (December 4, 1912 – January 11, 1988) was an American combat pilot... more on Wikipedia
Birthplace: Laclede, MissouriGeneral of the Armies John Joseph "Black Jack" Pershing (September 13, 1860 – July 15, 1948)... more on Wikipedia
Birthplace: Sacaton, ArizonaIra Hamilton Hayes (January 12, 1923 – January 24, 1955) was a Pima Native American and a... more on Wikipedia
Birthplace: Elizabeth, New JerseyFleet Admiral William Frederick Halsey Jr., KBE (October 30, 1882 – August 16, 1959), known as... more on Wikipedia