Celebrities Who Served in the Military

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  • Berry Gordy
  • James Earl Jones
  • Bill Cosby
  • MC Hammer
  • Harry Belafonte
  • Ice-T
  • Canibus
  • Montel Williams
  • Jimi Hendrix
  • J.R. Martinez
  • Nate Dogg
  • Shaggy
  • Terence Trent D'Arby
  • Morgan Freeman
  • Marvin Gaye

Bill Cosby

The iconic comedian served in the Navy for years before he was honorably discharged in 1960. The G.I. Bill gave him the opportunity to go to college and he completed a master's degree at the University of Massachussetts. Cosby's love of education drove him to donate millions to universities, including many historically Black colleges, and influenced his comedy.

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