‘Wheel Of Fortune’ Host Pat Sajak Once Worked At The Pentagon: ‘Heard Very High-Level Secrets’

by John Jamison

Who better to keep a secret than a man who gets on a stage and addresses millions of people on a regular basis? Granted, it’s not like “Wheel of Fortune” airs live, and we know full well that Pat Sajak is a consummate professional. But still, depending on the secret, that could be a bad mix. And apparently, Sajak has overheard some pretty serious secrets.

The longtime “Wheel of Fortune” host has been doing his job for four decades. Before he became a famous game show host, though, he held a number of different positions. One of them was that of a projectionist at the Pentagon. That’s right. Our very own Pat Sajak was changing the slides in projectors at extremely high clearance meetings during the Vietnam War.

In a 1988 interview with the New York Times, Pat Sajak revealed some pretty dangerous information.

“It was a very high-clearance job. And I suppose I heard very high-level secrets,” the “Wheel of Fortune” star said. “But it seems to me there was more talk about the then-postal strike than anything else. Also, when we flashed up maps of Vietnam, I saw them backwards. It always looked like we were retreating.”

Okay, so the information really isn’t all that dangerous. Especially considering the amount of time that elapsed between when he was at the Pentagon and when he gave the interview. It could just be the influence of spy movies, but it seems like publicly admitting to working at the Pentagon and having overheard significant stuff paints a bit of a target on your back.

The ‘Wheel of Fortune’ Host’s Army Days

The “Wheel of Fortune” star joined the U.S. Army in 1968. He was fortunate with his assignment as a disc jockey, and he spent his days entertaining his fellow troops.

“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 told Military.com “But 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.”

You have to respect his honesty. Plenty of people out there would have tried to exaggerate their involvement in the war. But Pat Sajak just felt guilty.