Don Knotts (1924–2006) He joined the U.S. Army at age 19 and went on active duty on June 21, 1943. He served for the duration of World War II and was discharged on January 6, 1946 with the rank of Technician Grade 5, which was the equivalent of a Corporal. He was awarded the WWII Victory Medal, Philippine Liberation Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (with 4 bronze service stars), Army Good Conduct Medal, Marksman Badge (with Carbine Bar) and Honorable Service Lapel Pin.
Actor Russell Johnson, best known as "The Professor" on Gilligan's Island, served in the US Army Air Force during WWII. He flew 44 combat missions as a bombardier in B-25 bombers. In March 1945, he and two other B-25s were shot down in the Philippines. He broke both his ankles and the radioman next to him was killed. Johnson earned a Purple Heart, among other honors. He was honorably discharged and later served in the Army Reserve. He used his GI Bill to fund his acting lessons.
Joseph Wheeler (1836–1906) was an American military commander & politician. Wheeler entered West Point in July 1854, graduating in 1859. He has the rare distinction of serving as a general during war time for two opposing forces: first as a noted cavalry general in the Confederate States Army in the 1860s during the American Civil War, & later as a general in the US Army during both the Spanish-American War & Philippine-American War near the turn of the 20th century
Navy Nurse Corps POWs pose with Vice Adm. Thomas C. Kincaid, Commander of 7th Fleet and Southwest Pacific Force, after their rescue from Los Banos, Feb. 23, 1945. They were imprisoned Jan. 6, 1942 while stationed in the Philippines. (Article on US Navy Medicine Live blog)