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The Most Beloved US Veterans

Updated June 14, 2019 54.2k votes 3.5k voters 47.0k 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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    Audie Murphy

    Dec. at 46 (1925-1971)
    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...  more
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    1,048
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    George Washington

    Dec. 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.
    George Washington was the first President of the United States, the Commander-in-Chief of the...  more
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    Alvin C. York

    Dec. at 77 (1887-1964)
    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...  more
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    83

    Dwight D. Eisenhower

    Dec. at 79 (1890-1969)
    Dwight David "Ike" Eisenhower ( EYE-zən-how-ər; October 14, 1890 – March 28, 1969) was an...  more
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    169

    George S. Patton

    Dec. at 60 (1885-1945)
    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...  more
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    1,066
    140

    Chesty Puller

    Dec. at 73 (1898-1971)
    The most decorated Marine in history, he fought in the Banana Wars, World War II, and Korea.
    Lewis Burwell "Chesty" Puller (June 26, 1898 – October 11, 1971) was a United States Marine...  more
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    James Stewart

    Dec. at 89 (1908-1997)
    Enlisted as a private, flew combat missions in World War II and retired a two-star general.
    James Maitland Stewart (May 20, 1908 – July 2, 1997) was an American actor and military...  more
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    877
    116

    Jimmy Doolittle

    Dec. at 97 (1896-1993)
    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...  more
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    John Basilone

    Dec. at 29 (1916-1945)
    John Basilone (November 4, 1916 – February 19, 1945) was a United States Marine Corps Gunnery...  more
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    600
    60

    Chester W. Nimitz

    Dec. at 81 (1885-1966)
    Chester William Nimitz, Sr. (; February 24, 1885 – February 20, 1966) was a fleet admiral of...  more
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    912
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    Theodore Roosevelt

    Dec. at 61 (1858-1919)
    The future president led a charge up San Juan Hill in Cuba in the Spanish-American War.
    Theodore Roosevelt Jr. ( ROH-zə-velt; October 27, 1858 – January 6, 1919) was an American...  more
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    825
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    Lee Marvin

    Dec. at 63 (1924-1987)
    The tough guy actor fought with the Marines at Saipan, and was badly wounded.
    Lee Marvin (February 19, 1924 – August 29, 1987) was an American film and television...  more
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    90

    Eddie Rickenbacker

    Dec. at 83 (1890-1973)
    World War I American fighter ace and aviation pioneer.
    Edward Vernon Rickenbacker (October 8, 1890 – July 23, 1973) was an American fighter ace in...  more
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    Ted Williams

    Dec. at 84 (1918-2002)
    Gave up four years of his baseball career to serve as a Naval aviator.
    Theodore Samuel "Ted" Williams was an American Major League Baseball left fielder, and later...  more
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    169

    Pat Tillman

    Dec. at 28 (1976-2004)
    Left the NFL to join the Army Rangers. Was killed in action in Afghanistan.
    Patrick Daniel Tillman (November 6, 1976 – April 22, 2004) was an American football player in...  more
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    446
    53

    George Marshall

    Dec. at 79 (1880-1959)
    George Catlett Marshall Jr. (December 31, 1880 – October 16, 1959) was an American soldier and...  more
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    Norman Schwarzkopf, Jr.

    Dec. at 78 (1934-2012)
    Known as "Stormin' Norman," he masterminded the 100-hour ground phase of the Gulf War.
    Herbert Norman Schwarzkopf Jr. (; August 22, 1934 – December 27, 2012) was a United States...  more
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    34

    Pappy Boyington

    Dec. at 76 (1912-1988)
    Gregory "Pappy" Boyington (December 4, 1912 – January 11, 1988) was an American combat pilot...  more
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    Ira Hayes

    Dec. at 32 (1923-1955)
    Ira Hamilton Hayes (January 12, 1923 – January 24, 1955) was a Pima Native American and a...  more
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    616
    105

    Yogi Berra

    Age: 95
    Interrupted his baseball career to serve in the Navy, and was wounded in the Normandy invasion.
    Lawrence Peter "Yogi" Berra (May 12, 1925 – September 22, 2015) was an American professional...  more
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    Chris Kyle

    Dec. at 39 (1974-2013)
    Christopher Scott "Chris" Kyle was a United States Navy SEAL and the most lethal sniper in...  more
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    Omar Bradley

    Dec. at 88 (1893-1981)
    General of the Army Omar Nelson Bradley (February 12, 1893 – April 8, 1981) was a senior...  more
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    Ernest Borgnine

    Dec. at 95 (1917-2012)
    Served nearly 10 years in the Navy, mostly in anti-submarine warfare.
    Ernest Borgnine (born January 24, 1917 – July 8, 2012) was an American actor whose career...  more
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    431
    63

    John J. Pershing

    Dec. at 88 (1860-1948)
    General of the Armies John Joseph "Black Jack" Pershing (September 13, 1860 – July 15, 1948)...  more
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    425
    69

    William Halsey, Jr.

    Dec. at 77 (1882-1959)
    Fleet Admiral William Frederick Halsey Jr., KBE (October 30, 1882 – August 16, 1959), known as...  more