Did You Know These 8 Country Music Stars Served In The Military?

6. James Otto

James Otto served in the U.S. Navy for two years. Born on the Fort Lewis Army Base in the state of Washington, Otto followed the military paths of his grandfather, who was a Korean War vet, and his father, an Army drill sergeant.

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5. George Strait

George Strait enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1971 and served for four years. While stationed in Hawaii, he auditioned for the Army-sponsored band, Rambling Country, and joined as a singer. He began performing regularly with the band, which also performed off-base as Santee. Strait’s time in the Army actually helped him hone his craft and launch a music career.

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4. Conway Twitty

Harold Lloyd Jenkins played semi-professional baseball after high school, and the Philadelphia Phillies offered him a contract. He had to turn it down, as the Korean War was in progress, and he was drafted into the Army. During his time in the Army, he sang with a country band, the Cimarrons. After his military discharge in the mid-1950s, he followed his musical dreams, becoming known as Conway Twitty, legendary singer and songwriter.

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