Newark, Ohio native Johnny Clem was a United States Army general who served as a drummer boy in the Union Army in the American Civil War. He gained fame for his bravery on the battlefield, becoming the youngest noncommissioned officer in Army history.
A 24 y/o that bossed not one, not two, but three generals that were FAR his superior in rank and picked a fight with literally EVERYONE<<History is so much more fun when you remember how young these people were.
After leaving Oxford, Kristofferson joined the United States Army in He served as a helicopter pilot in Germany. He turned down a teaching position at West Point to pursue his dream of becoming a successful songwriter.