Drew Carey pays visit, tribute to I MEF

23 Dec 2002 | Cpl. Colin Wyers

Comedian Drew Carey visited the Marines, sailors and soldiers of the I Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward) at Camp Commando, Kuwait Dec. 23.

Carey, star of "The Drew Carey Show" and host of "Who's Line Is It, Anyway," signed autographs and posed for photographs with the troop on the tenth stop of a tour put on by the United Service Organizations and Armed Forces Entertainment.

"It's all I could do," said Carey.  "I used to be a Marine, and when this war started, I wanted to do something."

What he did was bring a taste of home with him, according to some of the Marines who had a chance to have a picture taken with Carey.

"I think it was refreshing to see a celebrity take time out of his schedule over the holidays to come see Marines overseas," said Maj. David Greenlees, 32, from San Diego.  "Being a Marine, Drew probably knew what it meant to be visited by folks that they're familiar with back home."

Carey's past as a Marine has also helped him in his career as a comedian.

"Being a Marine taught me how to work hard and not bitch," said Carey, "and how to make the best out of every situation."