Johnny Cash

Johnny Cash (J. R. Cash; 1932 – 2003) was an American singer-songwriter, guitarist, actor, and author. He is one of the best-selling music artists of all time, having sold more than 90 million records worldwide. Although primarily remembered as a country music icon, his genre-spanning songs and sound embraced rock and roll, rockabilly, blues, folk, and gospel. This crossover appeal won Cash the rare honor of multiple inductions in the Country Music, Rock and Roll, and Gospel Music Halls of Fame.

Medic has obtained the military personnel file of Johnny Cash, who served in the Air Force. The files are: DD 214, Enlistment, Medical 1, Medical 2, Financial, Orders, Correspondence.

Cash enlisted in the United States Air Force on July 7, 1950. After basic training at LacklandAir Force Base and technical training at Brooks Air Force Base, both in San Antonio, Texas, Cash was assigned to the 12th Radio Squadron Mobile of the U.S. Air Force Security Service at Landsberg, Germany as a Morse Code operator intercepting Soviet Army transmissions. It was there he created “The Landsberg Barbarians”, his first band. During his military service, he acquired a distinctive scar on the right side of his jaw as a result of surgery to remove a cyst. He was honorably discharged as a staff sergeant on July 3, 1954, and returned to Texas.



Throughout his career, Johhny Cash struggled with drugs. Toward the end of his life he recorded the Nine Inch Nails song “Hurt.”

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