Before his politically fueled rap group or his time fighting crime on NBC’s Law & Order spinoff, Special Victims Unit, Ice-T spent some time as an Army Ranger. He told NPR, “Well, I went to Crenshaw High School.” “After that, I went into the Army. I did four years in the military. And when I came out of the military, I got right into trouble.“
Craig Morgan, now a country music star, spent nearly a decade as a forward observer in the Army’s 101st Airborne Division and 82nd Airborne Division. He would serve another six and a half years in the Army Reserve.
A founding member of the Marshall Tucker Band, Toy Caldwell served in the U.S. Marine Corps in Vietnam. After he was injured by a land mine in 1967, he was shipped home and medically discharged. He created the Toy Factory band which would later become the Marshall Tucker Band. They released 14 albums. Five went gold, and an additional two went platinum.