He enlisted in the US Army the day after he graduated and served as a member of the 511th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 11th Airborne Division. Serving during combat was especially challenging to Private Serling, however, he completed his time of service and earned a Purple Heart, a Bronze Star and the Philippine Liberation Medal.
Private Serling used the GI bill to obtain a Bachelor of Arts in Literature from Antioch College and began writing scripts for both radio and television. His best-known show is the Twilight Zone, which allowed him to portray current issues, such as racism, from a science fiction perspective, allowing the content to bypass the censorship of the day.
Private Serling has won 7 Emmy's, an Edgar Allan Poe award, a Golden Globe, a Peabody and 2 Writer's Guild of America Awards. He was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame in 1985 and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 2008 he was inducted into the science fiction hall of fame.