13 Country Artists Who Served Our Country

By Lauryn Snapp, Kelly Fisher

May 26, 2022

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We stand and salute these country veterans.

Country fans undoubtedly know George Strait, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, George Jones and others as musical legends. But it’s also worth noting that they — and other stars in the country music industry — have served our country in branches of the U.S. military. In fact, “That’s What I Love About Sunday” singer Craig Morgan, a 17-year Army and Army Reserves veteran, was recently inducted into the U.S. Field Artillery Hall of Fame. Morgan was inducted in a ceremony that was held at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, where he was previously stationed. To recognize other country artists who served our country, take a look through our gallery here.

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George Strait (Getty Images)
George Strait - U.S. Army
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Photo of John PRINE
John Prine - U.S. Army
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Sturgill Simpson - U.S. Navy
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Johnny Cash (Getty Images)
Johnny Cash - U.S. Air Force
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Josh Gracin (Getty Images)
Josh Gracin - U.S. Marine Corps
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Willie Nelson (Getty Images)
Willie Nelson - U.S. Air Force
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Zach Bryan - U.S. Navy
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Kris Kristofferson (Getty Images)
Kris Kristofferson - U.S. Army
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Craig Morgan (Getty Images)
Craig Morgan - U.S. Army
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Conway Twitty
Conway Twitty - U.S. Army
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James Otto (Getty Images)
James Otto - U.S. Navy
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Jamey Johnson - U.S. Marine Corp
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George Jones (Getty Images)
George Jones - U.S. Marine Corps
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