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To start it all off, we have the country music legend, Kris Kristofferson. He was born into a military family and often moved around due to his fathers job as a U.S. Army Air Corp officer. Kristofferson eventually joined the army and even reached the rank of Captain. After his tour of duty in West Germany, Kristofferson pursued songwriting and eventually moved to Nashville. After a series of odd jobs, Kristofferson got signed and went on to record over twenty records and was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Next we have the king of rock and roll, Elvis Presley. Now the King’s military stint was a bit different than everyone else’s. Elvis was drafted into the army in 1958 during one of the highest points in his career. During his time in the army Elvis lost his mother to a heart attack, but it was also the place where he met his future wife Priscilla Beaulieu.
Finally there is fellow country music legend Johnny Cash. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1950 and became a morse code intercept operator for Soviet transmissions. He was honorably discharged as a Staff Sergeant in 1954 and went home to Texas. Johnny Cash would go on to become one of the most influential musicians of the 20th Century.
Celebrate our veterans with us today for Throwback Thursday at 5pm only on WERS.