Honoring Our U.S. Veterans

INSP is proud of our U.S. military forces, and we commend all who served to protect and defend our nation, past and present, in The Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard.

Let’s take a look at a few INSP stars who put on the uniform before they put on their costumes in Hollywood. We invite you to share stories and photos to honor the veterans in your life in the comments below. 

James Arness – Gunsmoke

U.S. Army, Battle of Anzio, WWII, Army Rifleman – Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, among others

James Arness


Dan Blocker – Bonanza

U.S. Army, Korean War – Purple Heart


Peter Breck – The Big Valley

U.S. Navy


Leif Erickson – The High Chaparral

U.S.  Navy, WW II – Combat Photographer

Leif Erikson - High Chap


Earl Hamner, Jr. – The Waltons

U.S. Army, WWII

Earl Hamner Smile


Robert Horton – Wagon Train

U.S. Coast Guard, WWII

Robert Horton


Cameron Mitchell – The High Chaparral

U.S. Army Air Corps – WWII Bombardier


Chuck Norris – Walker, Texas Ranger

U.S. Air Force – Air Force Veteran of the Year Award, 2001

Chuck Norris - WTR


Fess Parker – Daniel Boone

U.S. Navy, transferred to U.S. Marine Corps

Fess Parker D Boone


Ralph Waite – The Waltons

U.S. Marine Corps

Ralph Waite - Waltons


Guest Stars

Ernest Borgnine – Wagon Train

U.S. Navy, WWII

Ernest Borgnine


Chuck Connors – Gunsmoke

U.S. Army, WWII


Leonard Nimoy – Bonanza and Daniel Boone

U.S. Army Reserve

Leonard Nimoy on Daniel Boone


Dennis Hopper – Cheyenne

U.S. Navy, WWII – Bronze Star


INSP Movie Stars

Barry Corbin – Christmas in the Smokies

U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, Vietnam

Barry Corbin


Kirk Douglas – The War Wagon

U.S. Navy, WWII

Kirk Douglas


Robert Duvall – Open Range

U.S. Army

Robert Duvall


Sam Elliott – Conagher

California Air National Guard


Sam Elliott


Henry Fonda – Fort Apache

U.S. Navy, WWII – Bronze Star
Rank at completion of service was commissioned Lieutenant Junior Grade – Air Combat Intelligence

Henry Fonda


Glenn Ford – Cowboy

U.S Marine Corps Reserve, WWII
American Campaign Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, WWII Victory Medal, U.S. Naval Reserve (1958), Navy Commendation Medal for service in Vietnam. Retired in 1970s with the rank of Captain.

Glenn Ford


James Garner – Support Your Local Sheriff!

U.S. Merchant Marine (WWII), Oklahoma National Guard, U.S. Army, Korean War – 2 Purple Hearts

James Garner


Audie Murphy – Gunsmoke

U.S. Army, WWII
Became the nation’s most decorated WWII soldier with 33 awards and medals, including three Purple Hearts, one Medal of Honor and the Distinguished Service Cross.

Audie Murphy


Tom Selleck – The Shadow Riders

California National Guard


James Stewart – The Rare Breed

U.S. Army, WWII – Pilot, Brigadier General

James Stewart - The Rare Breed