Johnny Cash was raised in the Baptist church. Once when pressed by a writer to share his specific beliefs, Cash responded with: "I'm a Christian. Don't put me in another box." According to Christianity Today, Cash also said, "telling others is part of our faith all right, but the way we live it speaks louder than we can say it. The gospel of Christ must always be an open door with a welcome sign for all."
Johnny Cash enlisted in the United States Air Force on July 7, 1950. After basic training at Lackland Air Force Base and technical training at Brooks Air Force Base, both in San Antonio, Texas, Cash was assigned to the 12th Radio Squadron Mobile of the U.S. Air Force Security Service at Landsberg, Germany as a Morse Code Intercept Operator for Soviet Army transmissions. It was there he created his first band, named "The Landsberg Barbarians." He was the first radio operator to pick up the news of the death of Joseph Stalin. He was honorably discharged as a Staff Sergeant on July 3, 1954, and returned to Texas. Singer Johnny Cash looks back to his days in the Air Force in 1952, on "The Johnny Cash Christmas Special," to be shown Nov. 30, 1977 on CBS-TV. (AP Photo/CBS-TV)
JOHNNY CASH - 'The Man in Black' was arrested in October 1965 when U.S. Customs agents found hundreds of pep pills and tranquilizers in his luggage. Cash who was returning by plane from a trip to Juarez, Mexico, spent a night in the El Paso jail, and later pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count.