Kris Kristofferson was born on this date in 1936.
A Golden Gloves boxer with top grades at Pomona College in California, Kristofferson earned a Rhodes Scholarship to study literature at the University of Oxford in London.
But after he graduated, he joined the U.S. Army, became a helicopter pilot and rose to the rank of captain. He volunteered to fight in Vietnam, but the Army assigned him to teach English at West Point.
Kristofferson resigned his commission.
He traded in a promising military career to try making it as singer/songwriter in Music City.
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