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James Earl Jones (YES)

Jones enrolled in ROTC at the University of Michigan before joining the Army during the Korean War, going on to become a second lieutenant before being honorably discharged.

Senator Tommy Tuberville, Alabama (NO)

College Football Coach with extensive experience as a PTA President became a powerful Senator…powerful enough to hold up hundreds of Military Promotions for over 9 months and counting.

Charity Adams Earley (YES)

Educator, soldier, and psychologist, Charity Adams Earley paved the way for African American women in the military, in education, and in her community. Her most prominent role was leading the first African American women unit of the army on a tour of duty overseas during World War II.

Montel Williams (YES)

Well before becoming known for having his own talk show, Williams enlisted in the U.S. Marines after graduating high school in 1974. After basic training, he enrolled in the U.S. Naval Academy and enlisted in the navy, where he ultimately left with the rank of lieutenant and received the Navy Achievement Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, and the Navy Commendation Medal.

Representative Mikie Sherrill-D, New Jersey (YES)

Inspired by her grandfather who served as a pilot in World War II, Sherrill wanted to be a pilot from a young age.[10] She was among the flight school graduates in the first class of women eligible for combat.[11] After graduation from the Naval Academy in 1994, Sherrill became a U.S. NavyH-3 Sea King helicopter pilot and a Russian policy officer.[2] Sherrill flew missions throughout Europe and in the Middle East.[7][10] In 2000, she Sherrill served in the United States Navy for nine years, the final five as a lieutenant.[13] In 2003 Sherrill was nominated for promotion to the rank of Lieutenant Commander.

Congressman Charlie Rangel (YES)

Before representing Harlem for decades in Congress, Rangle earned a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star for his service in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, where he led a group of soldiers out of a deadly Chinese army encirclement during the Battle of Kunu-ri in 1950.

Harriet Tubman (YES)

Freedom fighter in the Underground Railroad Her actions made her a militant outlaw participating in a type of guerrilla war against the federally protected institution of slavery buit she was essentially a committed Freedom Fighter willing to brave trip after trip, risking her life and freedom to liberate others — provided her with the experience to be a successful military commander, intelligence operative, nurse, strategist and spy for the Union Army. In fact, she was the first American woman to lead combat troops into battle.

Sinbad (YES)

Before becoming a successful comedian and actor, Sinbad served in the United States Air Force as a boom operator aboard KC-135 Stratotankers.

Senator Ladda Tammy Duckworth (YES)

Retired Army National Guard lieutenant colonel deployed to Iraq in 2004.[31] She lost her right leg near the hip and her left leg below the knee[34]from injuries sustained when the UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter she was co-piloting was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade fired by Iraqi insurgents.[35] She was the first American female double amputee from the Iraq War.[3]

Senator Cynthia Loomis (NO)

Senator Cynthia Lummis was one of 11 Republicans to oppose the Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxins Act. No Democrats voted against the bill.

Harry Belafonte (Yes)

The singer and activist served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.


Thank you to PEG Contributor Linda Bennett for putting this quiz together!

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