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Young Bill Cosby enlisted in the Navy in 1956. He trained as a hospital corpsman and served aboard ships and at the Marine base at Quantico, Virginia, before being sent to Bethesda Naval Hospital, assigned to work with Korean War casualties. In 1960, Cosby was honorably discharged after four years of military service.

Bill Cosby - Before he was one of America's favorite TV dads, Bill Cosby served in the Navy as a hospital corpsman. His job mostly consisted of helping rehab Korean War vets. He also worked briefly on a ship. Cosby served from (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

The strength and status of any nation can be measured in part by the will and might of its navy. #americasnavy #usnavy

"Come, America, come." The strength and status of any nation can be measured in part by the will and might of its navy.

Teddy Roosevelt. He was the one guy who really worked for the people. He set up the National Parks, he busted up the giant corporate monopolies that had gotten too powerful. At the same time, he established the United States as a major world military power. Politicians hated him, corporate titans hated him, special interest groups hated him, but he was loved by the people.

Teddy Roosevelt worked for the people, protected national parks and broke up corporate monopolies that grew too powerful. Established USA as major military power. Loved by the people, hated by corporate titans and special interest groups.

African American WACs  (U.S. Army), World War II by Black History Album, via Flickr

"Hospital Apprentices second class Ruth C. Isaacs, Katherine Horton and Inez Patterson (left to right) are the first Negro WAVES to enter the Hospital Corps School at National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, MD." 2 March (US National Archives)

With its backs against the wall in Pusan, the U.S. launched an amphibious invasion into Incheon that reversed the course of the war.

October The People’s Republic of China did the unexpected when tens of thousands of Chinese troops poured into North Korea to oppose the South Korean and U. forces, and the war escalated into a new phase.

Dubbed the "forgotten war" because it never captured the imagination of America, the Korean conflict nevertheless was an event of profound significance for American society. The Korean War marked the first time that black and white Americans fought side by side in an integrated army.

Dubbed the "forgotten war , the Korean conflict nevertheless was an event of profound significance for American society. The Korean War marked the first time that black and white Americans fought side by side in an integrated army.

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