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SJMiller
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Prof. W.W. Dillard, an African American magician and hypnotist, who performed professionally in the 1910s and 1920s, served in WWI.
Steve_Mollett
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President Ford pardoned me: he shut down the Selective Service on the very day of my 18th birthday.

An uncle of mine was a Cavalry scout in the Philippines and saw a lot of action (once getting a bullet through his boot heel). In later years he was a scenery foreman for the TV series, Rawhide, and the final seasons of Gunsmoke.
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Harry Blackstone Jr. was in the Army and was also an intepreter. He spoke fluent Mandiarin Chineese. George Johnstone also was drafted.

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Interesting reading. I got as far as Webelos, does that count? I see that no one mentioned the biggie, Dai Vernon.
Donavon
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Currently active duty with the US NAVY. Dean Dill was in the NAVY as well
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Swoger and Milbourn were in the same special unit. Jim was the sergeant until Milbourne took over. I have newspaper articles showing them together. Jim was holding his Vent figure and Milbourne was typically doing the Indian rope trick.
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Houdini Historian Pat Culliton fought in Nam.
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And... one of my main mentors when growing up in magic was Emile Clifton... a Distinguished Flying Cross winner, was a Tuskeekgee Airman (the All Black Airforce). Clifton was shot down behind enemy lines and was able to avoid capture and worked his way back to the U.S. area in Germany.
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The military where where I picked up a lot of magic. I had a book and I had cards. You be surprised how uplifting a little magic can be when your TI's are breathing down your neck. But only when they aren't in the room that is. I usually did magic to a flashlight after lights out.
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Dick Christian
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In addition to all of those listed to date, the late Mike Rogers served many years in the Navy, retiring I believe as a Chief Petty Officer.

My father a part-time vent and magician performed under the name "Leonard Allen" (club dates and some vaudeville) in the 1930s and until he joined the Navy in 1942 serving mostly in the South Pacific until the end of the war and then staying active in the Naval Reserve.

I retired from the USN in 1979 after a 20 year career to follow a full-time career as magician, mentalist and operator of an entertainment agency in the Washington, DC metro area and my good friend Dick Steiner, now also a full-time magician and mentalist, is a retired Air Force officer and resides near Annapolis, MD.

Retired General "Stormin' Norman" Schwarzkopf, Jr. who led the Army to victory in the first Gulf War is an avid amateur magician and hobbyist.

I'm sure there are countless others who have also served.
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In addition to all of those listed so far, the late Mike Rogers served for many years in the Navy, retiring as I recall as a Chief Petty Officer.

My father, performed part-time (club dates and vaudeville) as a vent and magician under the name "Leonard Allen" during the 1930s and until 1942 when he joined the Navy where he served primarily in the South Pacific until the end of the war and then remained active in the Naval Reserve.

I retired after a 20 year career as a Naval Officer in 1979 to pursue a full-time career as a magician, mentalist and owner of an entertainment agency in the Washington DC metro area. My good friend Dick Steiner, also a full-time magician and mentalist now living in Annapolis, MD is a retired Air Force Officer.

Retired General "Stormin' Norman" Schwarzkopf, Jr. who led the Army to victory in the first Gulf War is an avid amateur magician and hobbyist.

I'm sure there are many others as well that have not yet been listed.
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Whoops! I neglected to mention Arthur Emerson, a retired Army (or was it Air Force) Colonel, member of the I.B.M., Magic Circle, etc., and creator of the "Pegasus Page" effect, in my last note.
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Reed McClintock.

I never had the chance to serve but my old man was UDT.
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