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Bill Cosby - US Navy 1956-1960

Sailor Bill Cosby's Basketball PortraitBill Cosby (Actor)
(William Henry Cosby Jr.)
b. 12 July 1937 - d. - 
US Navy 1956-1960 

Bill enlisted in the Navy in 1956 where his high IQ scores earned him training as a physical therapist, followed by assignment to the Bethesda Naval Hospital, Maryland. There he worked as a corpsman, helping to rehabilitate mostly Korean War veterans, a duty that he liked and at which he excelled. He was also sent briefly on board ship, from Newfoundland to Guantanamo Bay. Finally he was assigned to the Philadelphia Naval Hospital.

He also ran track on the Navy's team, as well as played basketball and football, and completed his high-school diploma. It was in the Navy that he came to accept the fact of his above-average intelligence and concluded that not to do something with it would be a "mental sin." He was honorably discharged after four years of service in 1960. On the strength of his naval experience, in 1961 Cosby won a scholarship to Temple University, Philadelphia. He later received an M.A and Ed.D. (Education) at the University of Massachusetts.