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Mar112012

Leonard Nimoy, US Army Reserves (1953-1955)

Leonard Nimoy (Actor)
b. 26 Mar 1931 - d.
US Army Reserves, 1953-1955 

In 1953, Leonard Nimoy served as a member of the United States Army Reserves. He received his final discharge in November 1955 with the rank of Sergeant. According to the National Archives, Nimoy's Army personnel file was destroyed in 1973 during a major fire at the National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis, Missouri... and as a result, there's not much public information about his service.

During the time of his enlistment, Nimoy appeared uncredited in, Them, Gordon Douglas' 1954 thriller about giant mutant ants birthed from radiation resulting from atomic testing. He played the role of a Air Force Sergeant, which was his real-life ranking at the time (albeit in the army)... perhaps as an extra in this film - he got the gig because he owned his own passable wardrobe? 

After his 1955 discharge, Nimoy went on to international fame in the 1960sas Mr. Spock from Star Trek and subsequently as any true artist, he has tried his hand at various artistic endeavors including photography and music. In 1967 the Armed Forces Radio & Television Service released several recordings of Nimoy's including "Mr. Spock's Music from Outer Space." Source

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