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For several generations, Bob Barker was a cornerstone of American television, hosting a variety of programs, most famously, “The Price is Right.”

Though known primarily to older fans, younger generations would recognize him for his classic turn playing himself in Adam Sandler’s “Happy Gilmore.”

Long before any of that, Barker was a Navy Lieutenant, having been originally commissioned as an ensign after finishing college.

Throughout the first half of his time in the Navy, Barker underwent extensive flight training with the object to one day become a fighter pilot.

Though he did run some test missions, Barker ultimately would never see combat, a factor of his life that became part of one his greatest quotes.

“I was a naval aviator, a fighter pilot. I completed all facets of my training, including my qualifying landings on a carrier,” Barker once said.

“I was all ready to go, and when the enemy heard that I was headed for the Pacific, they surrendered. That was the end of World War II.”

Douglas Barclay is the Entertainment Editor at Rare. Follow him on Twitter @douglabarclay17
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