We’re all excited about the three-day weekend, but we have a lot more to thank our military for than that. While you’re scarfing down your burgers and hot dogs this Memorial Day, try not to forget the men and women who have served our country so that you’re free to be a full-on pig.
Hollyscoop has put together a patriotic list of celebs that have served in the U.S. military. We all know about Elvis—and Chuck Norris is a given—but here are a few names that might surprise you.
Drew Carey: After a few years at college, Carey enlisted into the United States Marine Corps Reserve in 1980, where he served for six years. Shortly after that, Carey began a career as a stand-up comedian.
Ice-T: The rapper/actor joined the Army after high school, where he served as a ranger in the 25th Infantry. Ice-T later explained his dislike of the experience, saying, “I didn’t like total submission to a leader other than myself.” President Ice-T just doesn’t sound right.
Hugh Hefner: The founder of Playboy served as a writer for a military newspaper in the U.S. Army for two years, from 1944-1946. In this case, people really did just read it for the articles.
Bill Cosby: Cosby served in the U.S. Navy for four years, from 1956-1960. He dropped out of high school to being his service, and earned his equivalency diploma while in the Navy.
M.C. Hammer: After briefly attending college, Stanley Kirk Burrell, a.k.a. “MC Hammer” served in the U.S. Navy. He served for three years as an Aviation Storekeeper 3rd class. Maybe that’s where he found those pants.
Mr. T: After being expelled from college, Laurence Tureaud, a.k.a. “Mr. T”, enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in the Military Police Corps. He was elected “Top Trainee of the Cycle”.