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Did John Wayne ever serve in the military?

March 9, 1973

Dear Cecil:

Did John Wayne ever serve in the military?

Cecil replies:

The closest Wayne ever came to military action was a three-month entertainment tour of Pacific bases that he went on in 1944. His childhood dream — to become a naval officer — was never realized, although he did come close to receiving an appointment to Annapolis. Later, during World War II, he was rejected for military service. He was never a cowboy, either.

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