Celebrities who served in the military

It’s Memorial Day Weekend, which means it’s a somber time to remember fallen service members and reflect on those who have served in the military.

It may not seem like a natural shift in careers, but there are actually many famous faces who have served in the military over the years.

Many of their experiences vary, and they have served across various branches and at different times in their lives.

From musicians to actors and beyond, here are nine stars who served their country:

Adam Driver

Adam Driver was discharged from the military after a biking accident. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images)

Adam Driver was discharged from the military after a biking accident. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images)

Adam Driver is among the stars to have served their country, though his experiences may not have been very helpful in preparing to appear in “Star Wars.”

He enlisted after the 9/11 terrorist attacks but was medically discharged after a biking accident before ever being sent to war, according to GQ.

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Elvis Presley

Elvis Presley famously served in the military after becoming famous. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

Elvis Presley famously served in the military after becoming famous. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

Elvis Presley famously served in the military, but what makes his turn so unique was that it came after he had become famous.

In 1957, after he’d found great musical success, Presley was drafted by the Army and served for two years after getting a deferment to star in “King Creole,” according to Military.com.

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Jimi Hendrix 

Jimi Hendrix was discharged for an alleged ankle injury. (Photoshot/Getty Images)

Jimi Hendrix was discharged for an alleged ankle injury. (Photoshot/Getty Images)

Jimi Hendrix famously upset nationalists with his rock’n’roll take on the national anthem at Woodstock in 1969, but years before, the musician served in the military himself.

Per Military.com, Hendrix was busted for stealing cars and was given the choice of serving or going to jail. After just a year, he was discharged over an alleged ankle injury, though rumors persist that it was his attitude that got him sent home.

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Tom Selleck

Tom Selleck served in the Vietnam War.  (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)

Tom Selleck served in the Vietnam War.  (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)

Like Presley, Selleck was already working in showbiz when he was drafted.

The soon-to-be star was working for Twentieth Century Fox when he was called to serve in the Vietnam War from 1967 to 1973.

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Morgan Freeman

Morgan Freeman served in the Air Force. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for WarnerMedia)

Morgan Freeman served in the Air Force. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for WarnerMedia)

Morgan Freeman may be one of the most recognizable people in Hollywood these days, but before his time on the silver screen came a stint in the Air Force.

“I took to it immediately when I arrived there,” he previously told Interview. “I did three years, eight months, and ten days in all, but it took me a year and a half to get disabused of my romantic notions about it.”

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Hugh Hefner 

Hugh Hefner served in the Army. (Photo by Denise Truscello/WireImage)

Hugh Hefner served in the Army. (Photo by Denise Truscello/WireImage)

Some might be surprised to learn that the Playboy founder served in the Army.

He was a lauded soldier, earning a sharpshooter badge for firing the M1 during training, according to Military.com, and completed “Killer College,” which saw him throwing real grenades during training exercises.

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Clint Eastwood

Clint Eastwood was stationed at Ft. Ord in Calif.  (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for CinemaCon)

Clint Eastwood was stationed at Ft. Ord in Calif.  (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for CinemaCon)

Tough guy Clint Eastwood may have picked up on a few things that helped his acting career while serving in the military.

According to Military Hub, the famed actor-director was drafted during the Korean war and was stationed at Ft. Ord in Calif. until he was discharged in 1953.

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Pat Sajak 

Pat Sajak was a disc jockey in Saigon for the armed forces.  (Photo by Mike Pont/Getty Images)

Pat Sajak was a disc jockey in Saigon for the armed forces.  (Photo by Mike Pont/Getty Images)

Fans are accustomed to seeing Pat Sajak hosting “Wheel of Fortune,” but he actually had a different hosting gig before landing his long-running job.

In 1968, he joined the Army and worked as a disc jockey on Armed Forces Radio, Military.com reports. He was even transferred to Saigon to work on the radio.

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Willie Nelson

Willie Nelson briefly served in the Air Force. (Photo by Rick Kern/WireImage for Shock Ink)

Willie Nelson briefly served in the Air Force. (Photo by Rick Kern/WireImage for Shock Ink)

All-American country legend Willie Nelson very briefly served in the Air Force.

The star enrolled in the military after graduating high school in 1950, but was medically discharged after about nine months due to back problems, according to Military.com.

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