When WWII came, Don’s education was interrupted for a brief time for a stint with the Army Special Services Branch, entertaining the troops in the South Pacific as a comedian in the Stars and Gripes revue. Following demobilization, Don returned to college, graduating with a degree in theater in 1948.Don Knox’s was in the military for 3 years. He started in the army reserves for a week. He was placed in an Army Reserve Corp that was in inactive duty on June 14, 1943. He reported for active duty a week later, on June 21, and his status was changed to active duty in the United States army. He was put in special services unit and spent his time in the army touring the Pacific Islands to entertain our hard working troops as a comedian in a G.I. variety show.
He is a veteran on the Second World War, was awarded the following metals; the World War II Victory Medal, Philippine Liberation Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, and with the Asiatic- Pacific campaign medal came with four bronze service stars. He also received an army good conduct medal, a marksman badge that had a carbine bar and finally he received an Honorable Service lapel Pin.He served in the army from July 21, 1943 to January 6, 1946 under the service number 35 756 363.
He was discharged with the rank of technician grade 5, which has the same amount of power that a corporal has. That is not too bad for only a 3-year time limit in the army. When he left the army to go and be an actor, he left his ventriloquist dolls behind him. He had outgrown them and with is southern ascent no one could understand his skits unless he was in the south. He has starred in a variety of comedies and genres. Stay tuned for more about your favorite stars from the Andy Griffith show.