9 Country Stars Who Served In The Military

  
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The genre of country music is most popular in the United States and is often known for producing songs that reflect a sense of pride and devotion to their country. This is why it isn’t all that surprising that many country’s biggest and most legendary stars have actually spent time serving their country! Here’s a list of 9 country stars who’ve served in the military:

9. Willie Nelson

One of the most well known country outlaws Willie Nelson was born in 1933 and showed a great deal of musical talent at an early age. He wrote his first song at the age of 7 and formed his first band at the age of 10. During high school toured locally with the Bohemian Polka as their lead singer and guitarist. Once he graduated high school in 1950, Nelson served in the U.S. Air Force. He was stationed at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, but was forced to retire early after only eight or nine months due to back issues.

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8. Johnny Cash

This iconic singer, who is now recognized as one of the best-selling music artists of all time, served as a Morse Code Intercept Operator in the Air Force during the ’50s. Cash enlisted in the United States Air Force in July 1950 and received basic training at the Lackland Air Force Base and technical training at Brooks Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. He was later stationed in Landsberg, Germany, for the majority of his enlistment to intercept Soviet Army transmissions. Cash formed his first band while in service called “The Landsberg Barbarians.” He moved up the ranks and became a staff sergeant, but was honorably discharged on July 3, 1954 and returned back to Texas and a year later was recording music.

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