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Famous Folks You Didn't Know Were Military Veterans, Part One
Bea Arthur

It's Veterans Day, but it may surprise you to learn that some of your favorite rock stars, actors, and politicians served in the military. Here are the first five:

Ron Paul

Fans of Libertarian icon Ron Paul may be surprised to learn he served in both the U.S. Air Force and the United States Air National Guard. After all, as part of his economic plan during his 2012 run for president, he recommended cutting the Pentagon’s budget by $832 billion. Yes, that’s billion with a “B.”


Bea Arthur

Thank you for being a friend, Bea Arthur, to the United States war effort! During WWII, Ms. Arthur spent almost three years in the Marine Corps Women’s Reserve, driving a truck. The future “Golden Girls” star was honorably discharged at the war’s end in September 1945 - with the rank of staff sergeant.

Bill Cosby

World-renowned comedian and colorful sweater-wearer Bill Cosby served in the U.S. Navy as a Hospital Corpsman, and he credits his military experience with helping him succeed in the world of entertainment. In 2011, the Navy made The Cos an honorary chief petty officer.

Hugh Hefner


Before Hugh Hefner donned his infamous silk pajamas, he wore camouflage as a soldier in the U.S. Army for two years.

Robin Quivers

Best known as Howard Stern’s sidekick, Robin Quivers rose to the rank of captain in the U.S. Air Force.