Hollywood is full of famous celebrities, each bringing their own gift to the silver screen. But behind these celebrities are figures who didn’t don the uniform of war for entertainment alone; they fought in some of the most important battles of our time.
We all know Bob Barker from “The Price is Right”, but before he made his fame he was actually a pilot in the U.S. Navy. Although he didn’t actually get to fight in the Second World War, his assignment was to fly airplanes from an aircraft carrier. The war ended before he made it onto a carrier.
For most celebrities, their Hollywood fame came after their service in the army, but not for Henry Fonda. He was already known on the screen from his film, “Grapes of Wrath”. Fonda chose to enlist in the Navy but didn’t want to see battle face-to-face. He served for three years as a quartermaster 3rd class on the destroyer USS Satterlee.
“George Jefferson” as most of us lovingly knew him was a star throughout the 1970’s and 80’s. Believe it or not he dropped out of school in order to join the U.S. Air Force. He served in Japan and in Korea and after he completed his four-year service he returned back home to Philadelphia where he worked as a mailman. The world of celebrities would follow.