Walt Disney, forever famous for his vision, imagination and groundbreaking work in the field of entertainment, shared an interesting occupation with a number of other prominent people in history, including E.E. Cummings, Ernest Hemingway and Dashiell Hammett. What job did these four artisans have in common in the early 20th century?
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Ambulance driver. Like many artists during World War I, Walt Disney volunteered to serve as an ambulance driver in support of the Allied Powers. Disney shared his occupation at the time with a number of authors, music composers, artists and successful businessmen. In many cases, these individuals chose not to join the armed forces in combat roles, or were either too young or too old for regular military service.
With the onset of World War I, Walt Disney left school at the age of 16 and attempted to join the U.S. Army. After being rejected due to his age, Disney joined the American Red Cross. Shortly thereafter, he was sent to France to serve as an ambulance driver after the Nov. 11, 1918, signing of the armistice. Disney served for one year as an ambulance driver.