“Star Wars” actor James Earl Jones is being honored by the United States Armed Forces.
On Tuesday, the Army Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) took to Twitter to share a photo of the iconic actor on “Star Wars” Day, a celebration of the franchise chosen because the pronunciation of the date “Four May »sounds similar. to the iconic line “may the force be with you” from the film saga.
Jones is famous for being the voice of the evil Darth Vader in several “Star Wars” projects, including “A New Hope,” the film that kicked off the long-running franchise.
Since then, he has played the character seven other times, according to IMDb.
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Along with Jones’s photo, the ROTC reflected on his previous military service.
“Did you know that before James Earl Jones voiced Darth Vader in the iconic #StarWars film series, he was a cadet at @UMich and then @USArmy Ranger during #KoreanWar?” The tweet read.
The post also contained a link to a blog post from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs first published on May 4, 2020, honoring the 90-year-old actor as “Veteran of the Day” on that moment.
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According to the blog, Jones “was on the Pershing Rifles training team and the Scabbard and Blade Honor Society.”
“Jones was commissioned in mid-1953, addressing the Basic Infantry Officers Course at Fort Benning, Georgia,” they wrote. Later he attended ranger school and helped establish a cold weather training command near Leadville, Colorado. He retired from the army as first lieutenant. ‘
James Earl Jones’ military service was honored by the ROTC on ‘Star Wars’ Day. (Photo by Jemal Countess /.)
After being fired, the star continued the Hollywood blockbuster, becoming the second black man to receive an Academy Award nomination for his work on the film “The Great White Hope.”
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He played the military on several occasions, including in “Dr. Strangelove ”,“ The Hunt for Red October ”,“ Patriot Games ”and“ Clear and Present Danger ”.
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He also had success on television and on stage, winning two Emmy and Tony Awards.