November 17

Country Artists Who Served the Country

A lot of our most celebrated country artists are also very vocal about their loyalty to our country. Some of them use their voice and their music to convey and inspire people to breed unity instead of hate. They urge us to support the military forces in the best way that we can.

That said, there have been country singers who have joined the military. These artists have showcased that their love and patriotism runs deeper than the songs they dedicate and write for the country. Most of these artists have also served in the military prior to the start of their own musical careers.

Check out our list below to discover if your favorite country singer has joined the US military before and served as a gallant and respectable soldier:

1. Kris Kristofferson

During his service in the military, Kristofferson was both an Army Captain and a helicopter pilot. After his service, he was supposed to take a path other than the world of music. He originally intended to be a professor at West Point.

2. Willie Nelson

After finishing high school in 1953, Nelson joined and served in the U.S. Air Forces. However, his service was cut short due to health concerns involving his back. Shortly after he was stationed at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, he, unfortunately, had to be relieved from his post.

3. George Jones

Throughout the duration of Jones’ enlistment in the U.S. Marines that began in 1951, he was stationed in California. He was never asked nor assigned to transfer or work overseas, despite the ongoing Korean War at the time of his service.

4. Johnny Cash

When Johnny Cash served in the military, he worked as a Morse Code Intercept Operator in the Air Force. During his service, he was stationed in Landsberg, Germany. He spent most of his enlistment there as well. Cash was one of the few who first got news of Joseph Stalin’s demise.

5. Jamey Johnson

Johnson was enlisted as a member of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves, where he served as a corporal. When his service term ended, he began to pursue his dream of becoming a country music star. He kick-started his country dream in Birmingham, Alabama.

It is quite impressive to learn that some of our favorite singers in Country have spared time in their lives to contribute to our community and to our country. The time they have spent working hard in the military is something precious and truly irreplaceable.

Do you happen to know any other country artists who have also served time in the military? Share your stories in the comments section below!


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