Some noteworthy Vietnam war veterans are politician John McCain, filmmaker Oliver Stone, politician Colin Powell, politician Bob Kerrey and football player Roger Staubach. These famous war veterans served in their late teens and early twenties and had successful civilian careers after their service.
Senator John McCain comes from a family of war veterans, as his father and grandfather were both four-star admirals. McCain's father commanded all U.S. Naval forces in the Pacific during his service. McCain himself graduated from the Naval Academy and began flying carrier planes in the mid-1960s. McCain's plane was shot down over Hanoi, Vietnam, on Oct 23, 1967, and he broke both his arms and one leg in the crash. McCain was offered early release because of his familial heritage but declined.
Filmmaker Oliver Stone grew up in New York City and hails from Yale University. He started out by teaching English in South Vietnamese schools before enlisting in the U.S. Army in 1967. Stone served in the 25th Infantry Division near the Vietnam-Cambodia border. After serving his time, Stone used the GI bill to attend film school at New York University and made a few Vietnam-themed films including "Platoon" and "Born on the Fourth of July."
Colin Powell hails from Harlem, New York, and started out in the Reserve Officers' Training Corps at City University of New York before being commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army.