Famous Texas veterans to keep in your thoughts this Veterans Day

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Famous Texas veterans to keep in your thoughts this Veterans Day

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Deborah Cannon/AMERICAN-STATESMAN George Strait October 17, 2011.

We all know that Jim Bowie, Davy Crockett, Sam Houston and the like fought in the Texas military during various wars. But if, say, you haven’t been in that state long enough to not take a Texas history class, you might not know about some of our most famous veterans. Here’s a list, in no particular order (and it’s certainly not exhaustive):

Gene Roddenberry — The “Star Trek” creator grew up in the Los Angeles area but was born in El Paso in 1921. He joined the Army Air Corp in 1941, and was in flight training when Pearl Harbor was attacked. He enlisted weeks later, and served in the Army Air Corp throughout the war.  

Chris Kyle — The “American Sniper” served in the U.S. Navy as a SEAL from 1999-2009. His experiences during this time were the subject of his best selling “American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History.” Kyle was tragically shot and killed by a fellow veteran he was mentoring in 2013

Greg “Pop” Poppovich — The outspoken San Antonio Spurs head coach graduated from the Air Force Academy, where he also played basketball, in 1970. He then served his required five years in the Air Force.

Marcus Luttrell — The basis for the film “Lone Survivor,” Luttrell grew up in Houston and attended Sam Houston State University before becoming a Navy SEAL. He served from 1999-2007.

George Jones — The Possum was enlisted in the United States Marine Corps back in the 1950s. It was during his tour that he first appeared on a radio show and kicked off his successful country music career. 

George Strait — King George served in the 25th Infantry Division in Hawai’i as a member in the Army-sponsored band Rambling Country from 1971-1975. And you probably know the rest...

Bill McRaven — The current University of Texas System chancellor and UT alum served in the U.S. Navy from 1977-2014, achieving the rank of admiral. He also oversaw Operation Neptune Star, the operation that resulted in the death of Osama bin Laden in 2011

Richard Overton — The nation’s oldest WWII vet lives right here in Austin. This year he celebrated his 111 birthday with whiskey, cigars and a new street named after him. 

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