Originally Posted By Thug_Hunter12:
Many hours of scouring the internet has shown there are at least 6 men who have served in all four branches of the DoD. Googling stuff like "all branches of military" brings up thousands of veterans' day and memorial day ceremonies. A couple of the articles use terms not common in the military (hired by the Marines), but I think it was due to ignorance of the reporter. I don't know how to hot-link the articles, sorry.
Courtland Johnson: Started in the Merchant Marine, Army Air Corps (USAF before it was a seperate branch), USMC reserves (hit the beach at Inchon and fought his way out from the Chosin), Army reserve, Navy (it looks like he retired as an active duty Master Chief).
Bob Button:Merchant Marine (under age), Navy (kick out when the learned he was still underage), Army Air Force (USAF before it was a seperate branch), got out, joined the Army (to go to Korea, 3 purple hearts) Marine Corps, Army reserve, and as of 2009 at the age of 80, was using his privately owned plane to fly SAR for the Coast Guard Auxiliary.
Edward Jones: Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force. Retired as a master Sergeant in 1991, died 2008
Joe Losano: Marine Corps, Army Reserve, Army Guard, active Air Force, ––out entirely–– Army Guard (enlisted 9-11-02, and went to Afghanistan) Air Force Reserve (Iraq), and joined the Navy Reserve in 2011. Article says he met two men sho served in all four branches, but doesn't say who they are.
Yonel Dorelis (the only officer I've found): Marine Corps, switched to Navy (CH-53 pilot) as the USMC had to many pilot candidates, and he wanted to be a military pilot. Army Guard, Air Guard (rescue), Active Air Force (CSAR in Afghanistan and Iraq, including a Distinguished Flying Cross earned during OP Anaconda).
Thug_Hunter12: Marine Corps (0311), USMCR (STA), Army Guard (11B), was out entirely, and decided to go back in Sep 01. USNR (Master-At-Arms, Iraq twice with a CAR, among others) When my second Navy enlistment ended, immediately went to Air National Guard (3PO51 Security Forces). I had to give up a rank, I'm a Technical Sergeant (E6).
As you might imagine, I'd very very interested to learn of any other 4 branch vets.
You wouldnt happen to be station at the air field at Ft Bliss would you. And does "used ad abused by the DoD" sound familiar.