Mel Brooks, famous for his comedy and movies, was drafted into the US Army during World War II while he was attending Brooklyn College as a Psychology major. He served in the 1104 Engineer Combat Battalion, 78th Infantry Division as a Combat Engineer. He served from 1944-1946.
One of Mel’s duties during his service was to diffuse land mines. He also was present and fought in the Battle of the Bulge.
When Mel Brooks was asked about his time serving during WWII he said, “War isn’t hell. War is loud. Much too noisy. All those shells and bombs going off all around you. Never mind death, a man could lose his hearing.”
Brooks was discharged as a Corporal and went on to perform stand up comedy before becoming a writer for television shows. He would go on to become famous for writing, producing, and acting in movies such as Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, and Robin Hood Men in Tights, among others. Brooks went on to win an Oscar, a Tony, an Emmy, and a Grammy.
Did you know that Mel Brooks was a member of the US Army?