As Canadians stop to observe Remembrance Day and Amercans observe Veterans Day, here is a partial list of country music artists who have served in the various branches of the military:

Artists Who Have Served in the Military – Air Force

Boxcar Willie

Johnny Cash, 1950-54

Jimmy Dean

Tennessee Ernie Ford

John Landry

Willie Nelson, early 1950’s

Charlie Rich, mid-1950’s

Chris Syrie


(John Landry)




Artists Who Have Served in the Military – Army

Rex Allen Jr., 1967-69

Gene Autry, 1943-?? (Army Air Corps)

Bobby Bare, 1958-61

Jim Ed Brown

Tommy Cash

Earl Thomas Conley, 1960-62

Harlan Howard

Stonewall Jackson, 1948 (and Navy, 1949-54)

Sonny James, 1950-52

Kris Kristofferson

Charlie & Ira Louvin

Nashville session pianist Tony Migliore

Roger Miller

Craig Morgan

Roy Payne

Webb Pierce, 1940-43

Elvis Presley, 1958-60

Kenny Price, 1952-54

Jerry Reed

Sgt. Barry Sadler

George Strait, 1972-74

Leroy Van Dyke

Charlie Walker

Faron Young, 1952-54


Artists Who Have Served in the Military – Marines

Phil & Don Everly

Josh Gracin (Lance Corp.)

Freddie Hart, during WWII (joined when he was 14)

Jamey Johnson, 1995-2003

George Jones, 1950-52

Ray Price, 1944-46

Ferlin Husky, (5 yrs. during WWII in Merchant Marines)


Artists Who Have Served in the Military – Navy

Archie Campbell

Roy Drusky

Stonewall Jackson, 1949-54 (and Army, 1948)

Johnny Lee

Ronnie McDowell, circa 1968

James Otto

Johnny Paycheck

Marty Robbins, 1944-47

Billy Joe Shaver

Carl Smith, 1945-47

Hank Thompson, during WW II

Slim Whitman, 1943-46

(James Otto)


Artists Who Have Served in the Military – Unknown

Harold Lee “Curly” Chalker (steel guitarist)


Thanks to all who have served and we should also thank all those country artists who have helped our troops by entertaining them at various bases and installations around the world.