‘Wheel of Fortune’ Host Pat Sajak Looks Back on Military Days in Moving Memorial Day Post

by Halle Ames

Wheel of Fortune host Pat Sajak posts an emotional message on social media looking back on his military days for Memorial Day. 

Pat Sajak has been the host of the popular game show Wheel of Fortune for over 37 years now. Prior to the now 74-year-old’s time on the show, he served in the U.S. military.  

Pat Sajak, Reporting For Duty

Sajak was a proud member of the U.S. Army, selflessly enlisting for service in 1968. He was then deployed to Vietnam for the ongoing war. 

Since the Vietnam War was in full swing, Pat Sajak didn’t have to serve on the frontlines. Instead, he worked as a DJ on Armed Forces Radio. He later transferred to Saigon to work on the radio.

Pat Sajak’s position and experience on the Army broadcast would be crucial in gaining him a job when he returned to the states, however, he admits his easy role left him feeling guilty for not going more.

“I used to feel a bit guilty about my relatively soft duty. After all, I was billeted in a hotel, and there were plenty of nice restaurants around,” Sajak said. “I always felt a little better when I met guys who came into town from the field and thanked us for bringing them a little bit of home. I always thought it strange that they should be thanking me, given what so many of them were going through on a daily basis.” 

Wheel of Fortune Host Recalls Military Days Online

Since his enlistment, Pat Sajak has held a high respect for those men and women that choose to serve our country. In a tweet from today, the Wheel of Fortune host “salutes” the memories of those that gave the ultimate sacrifice. It is the only solo tweet Sajak has made on Twitter. 

“I joined the Army in 1968 and was sent to Vietnam where I had the relatively safe duties of finance clerk and, later, broadcaster. So many others did not return, as is true in every war. I salute their memories and their sacrifice. #MemorialDay.”

Many fans of the host and game show flooded into the comment section to thank Pat Sajak for his service. Others resonated with the veterans, saying they also served in war. 

“Thank you for your service and for all of our brave men and women that have sacrificed for our freedom,” said one user. While another said, “Thank Pat for acknowledging your valuable service to your fellow service personnel. You provided a desperately needed morale boosting service. I too was blessed to serve in a relatively safe billet at the clinic at NAF Cam Rahn Bay as a Hospital Corpsman. Music was very important.”

Look at that. Pat Sajak was serving his country and smiles. 

Happy Memorial Day, and thank you to all the brave men and women who selflessly fought for this amazing country!