Celebrities who served their country

Scores of stars have proudly served in our armed forces over the years.

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    Zulay Henao

    The Columbian-born actress, who grew up in New Jersey, served in the army for three years after high school. "I went into the army right after high school, and the first day of basic training was really hard," she told Maxim. "We were in the cold at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and it was miserable. I quickly realized I’d have to change my attitude if I was going to get through it. I’ve always tried to make the most out of my experiences, but that one was tough."
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    Drew Carey

    Long before Drew Carey was entertaining audiences across America on shows like "Whose Line Is It Anyways" and "The Price Is Right," the comedian served in the United States Marine Corps Reserve for six years.
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    Elvis Presley

    Elvis Presley completed basic training at Fort Hood in 1958, and was posted with the 3rd Armored Division to Friedberg, Germany where he served until March 2, 1960.
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    Hugh Hefner

    Before dreaming up his Playboy empire, Hugh Hefner was an infantry clerk in the Army from 1944 to 1946.
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    Audie Murphy

    Audie Murphy became a successful actor after his tour of duty, and what a tour it was. One of the most highly decorated soldiers in World War II, Murphy received the Medal of Honor and 32 more citations from the U.S. and our allies. He was buried with full military honors in Arlington National Cemetery.
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    Dennis Franz

    "NYPD Blue" star Dennis Franz (here with co-star Ricky Schroeder) fought in the Vietnam War with the Army's 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions.
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    Fred Durst

    "Limp Bizkit" singer Fred Durst joined the Navy after high school, serving until he was 20 years old, at which point he was discharged and became a tattoo artist. Interesting career path.
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    Jimmy Stewart

    Already one of the most respected actors in Hollywood, Jimmy Stewart enlisted and was a pilot in World War II, starting as a flight instructor until he became the commander of  the 445th Bombardment Group. Stewart was the command pilot in the lead B-24 on numerous missions over Nazi-occupied Europe. He twice received the Distinguished Flying Cross for actions in combat. Before the war ended, he was promoted to colonel.
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    Lee Marvin and Charles Bronson

    Lee Marvin and Charles Bronson played soldiers in "The Dirty Dozen," and were also soldiers in real life as well. Marvin was a sniper in the Marines, and Bronson was a gunner in the Air Force during World War II.
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    Jesse Ventura

    Pro wrestler and Minnesota governor Jesse Ventura served in the UDT, the unit that would eventually merge with the Navy SEALs, from 1969-1975.
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    Henry Fonda

    Henry Fonda, left, portrayed Adm. Nimitz, Glenn Ford, center, was Adm. Spruance, and Robert Mitchum was Adm. Bull Halsey in the 1975 film "Midway."  Fonda fought in the Navy in World War II and was given the Bronze Star. (AP)
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    Chuck Norris

    Chuck Norris was an MP in the Air Force.
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    Robin Quivers

    Howard Stern's sidekick Robin Quivers was a Captain and nurse in the Air Force from 1975-1978.
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    Alan Alda

    Alan Alda was an officer in the Army in the years following the Korean War. He then played a surgeon in the Korean War in "M*A*S*H."
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    Clint Eastwood

    Clint Eastwood (far right) was drafted into the Army in 1950 and became a swimming and life-saving instructor at Fort Ord.
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    Darva Conger

    "Who Wants to Marry a Millionaire" reality star Darva Conger was a nurse Staff Sergeant with the Air Force before her TV fame put her on the cover of fellow veteran Hugh Hefner's Playboy magazine.
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    Charlton Heston

    Charlton Heston was with the Army Air Corps during World War II.
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