One of the most popular comic actors, Bill Cosby, is also a veteran. He was born William Henry Cosby Jr. on July 12, 1937, in North Philadelphia. His military service started in 1956 when he enlisted in the United States Navy.
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 and the class president.
Bill 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.
Cosby won awards running on the Navy track team and experienced racial discrimination, being forced to eat in the kitchen of cafes where the team stopped eating 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) in Massachusetts. He has contributed generously to educational institutions in recent years, 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. Bill Cosby is also the author of several books, including three “Little Bill” children’s books. He is on the list of famous veterans who served in the U.S. military.
In 2011, Bill Cosby was presented with the honorary title of Chief Petty Officer. Still, that title was revoked later by Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus and Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Michael Stevens. The Navy withdrew his title because allegations against Bill Cosby were severe and conflicted with the Navy’s core values of honor, courage, and commitment, officials said.