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Ice T

U.S. Army American musician and actor.  Born Tracy Morrow, better known by his stage name Ice-T.  As a musician, Ice-T played a major role in the creation of the gangsta incarnation of hip-hop music and was a colossus of the West Coast hip-hop scene, despite his East Coast, greater New York, origins.  Though his music displays a political consciousness, like the indictments of racism that were a hallmark of seminal hip-hop group Public Enemy.  His most infamous song, the heavy metal "Cop Killer," was one of the major battle in the cultural wars of the 1990s.  The charismatic Ice-T has also achieved success as an actor in movies and on TV.  He plays Detective Odafin Tutuola on the TV series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999), which is ironic for someone famous for "Cop Killer" and his feud with the L.A.P.D.

Joined after high school and served for four years in the 25th Infantry.
Don Imus
Don Imus

U.S. Marine Corps

National Defense Service Medal
American radio host, humorist, philanthropist and writer.  His nationally-syndicated talk show, Imus in the Morning, is broadcast throughout the United States by Citadel Media and relayed on television by the Fox Business Network.  Imus won four Marconi Awards, three for Major Market Personality of the Year (1990, 1992 and 1997) and one for Network Syndicated Personality (1994).  He was named one of the 25 Most Influential People in America in Time magazine (April 21, 1997) and was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1989.  In 2002, Talkers magazine ranked Imus as one of the 25 greatest radio talk show hosts of all time.

Served as a bugler from 1957 to 1960.
Burl Ives
Burl Ives

U.S. Army
& U.S. Army Air Forces

American Campaign Medal
WW2 Victory Medal
American actor, writer and folk music singer.  As an actor, Ives's work included comedies, dramas, and voice work in theater, television, and motion pictures.  Over the course of a long and diverse show business career, this imposing 300 pound singer appeared in some 30 movies, a dozen Broadway productions and recorded over 100 albums while making countless radio and television appearances.  He played Big Daddy in the movie version of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958) and won an Oscar for best supporting actor in The Big Country (1958), both in 1958.  In 1964 he was singer-narrator of Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964) (TV).

In early 1942, Ives was drafted into the U.S. Army.  He spent time first at Camp Dix, then at Camp Upton, where he joined the cast of Irving Berlin's This Is the Army.  He attained the rank of corporal.  When the show went to Hollywood, he was transferred to the Army Air Force.  He was discharged honorably, apparently for medical reasons, in September 1943. 

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