Country Music Stars Who Served in the Military

Country music is filled with songs proclaiming love and devotion to the United States, but for many artists, their patriotism runs even deeper.

Several artists — Jamey JohnsonJohnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson, among others — spent time in the United States military prior to the start of their successful music careers. For some, like Willie Nelson, their time in the armed forces ended before they fully pursued their musical gifts, but most, including Kristofferson, Cash and Craig Morgan, followed their musical aspirations even while serving their country

Willie Nelson

Willie Nelson served in the U.S. Air Force for a short time after graduating high school in 1950. However, back troubles forced him to leave the service after being stationed at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas.

Kris Kristofferson

Kris Kristofferson was an Army Captain and helicopter pilot who nearly became a professor at West Point. Instead he began to chase his country music dreams.

Jamey Johnson

Corporal Jamey Johnson served his country as a member of the U.S. Marine Corp Reserves prior to his days chasing the country music dream in Birmingham, Ala. and then Nashville. He was a mortar man.

Josh Gracin

Josh Gracin joined the Marines after one year at Western Michigan University. He married shortly after enlisting and was stationed at Camp Pendleton in San Diego, Calif. While serving, he auditioned for ‘American Idol.’

James Otto

James Otto served in the U.S. Navy before chasing his country music dreams. He followed in his father and grandfather’s footsteps.

George Jones

George Jones – Although the Korean War was underway during George Jones‘ time with the Marines, the eventual country legend was never asked to go overseas. He spent his entire enlistment — beginning in 1951 — stationed in California.

Johnny Cash

Johnny Cash was a Morse Code Intercept Operator in the Air Force and spent much of his enlistment stationed in Landsberg, Germany.When news of Joseph Stalin’s death broke, Cash was hard at work.

Craig Morgan

Craig Morgan‘s service in the U.S. Army includes 10 years of active duty and seven years with the Reserves. He was stationed in Panama during the operation that led to the ousting of Manuel Noriega in 1989.

This story was originally written by Gayle Thompson, and revised by Angela Stefano.

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