Bill Cosby, one of the most popular comic actors was born as William Henry Cosby Jr. on July 12, 1937, in North Philadelphia. He enlisted in the United States Navy in 1956. Cosby trained as a hospital corpsman and served aboard ships and at the Marine base at Quantico, Virginia, shortly before being sent to Bethesda Naval Hospital. There he was assigned to work with Korean War casualties and veterans.
Before enlistment, in Cosby’s early childhood, his father was away in the U.S. armed forces, spending several years fighting in World War II. As a student, he described himself as a class clown. Cosby was the captain of both the baseball team and the track and field team at Mary Channing Wister Public School in Philadelphia, as well as the class president.
Cosby won awards running on the Navy track team, but also experienced racial discrimination, being forced to eat in the kitchen of cafes where the team stopped to eat while on the road. He was honorably discharged after four years of service in 1960.
He went on to Temple University on the GI Bill. He later received an M.A and Ed.D. (Education) at the University of Massachusetts. In recent years, he has contributed generously to educational institutions, including Atlanta’s Spelman College.
Cosby is one of the most recognized and successful entertainers in the world of show business. He has recorded numerous comedy records, and starred in the Cosby Show, one of the most popular sitcoms of the eighties. He is also the author of several books, including three “Little Bill” children’s books.
In 2011, Bill Cosby was presented with honorary title of Chief Petty Officer, but that title was revoked later by Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus and Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Michael Stevens. The Navy revoked his titile because of allegations against Mr. Cosby were very serious and are in conflict with the Navy’s core values of honor, courage and commitment, officals said.