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James Earl Jones

This well known actor (and voice of Darth Vader in Star Wars) was in the US Army from 1950-1953. By the end of summer 1953, Jones received his second lieutenant's commission, his official orders, and was off to Fort Benning to attend Basic Infantry Officers School. While there, Jones went through Ranger training. Jones graduated from Ranger training, and received his black and gold arc tab insignia. His first duty station was supposed to be at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, but his orders changed, and his unit was instead sent to Colorado where the Army planned to establish a cold weather training command at the old Camp Hale near Aspen, Colorado. His regiment was established as training unit, to train in the bitter cold weather and the rugged terrain of the Rocky Mountains.

After the military, Jones became a successful actor in television, film, and on stage. In his long and illustrious career, he's been nominated for numerous Emmy, Golden Globe, Tony and Academy Awards, with two Emmy wins, two Golden Globe wins, and an honorary Oscar to his credit. Along the way, he's inhabited roles in many famous films, including Darth Vader from the Star Wars series, Thulsa Doom from Conan the Barbarian, Lt. Lothar Zogg in Dr. Strangelove, King Zamunda in Coming to America, Mufasa in The Lion King, and even the "voice" of CNN. With no signs of slowing down, Jones continues to act to this day.

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Leslie Nielsen

This Canadian born funny man was in the RCAF during WW2, as an enlisted man he trained as an aerial gunner, however did not make it overseas before the war ended . 

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