George H.W. Bush joined the Navy on his 18th birthday and flew 58 combat missions in World War II, going on to win several honors, including a Distinguished Flying Cross and a Presidential Unit Citation.
Bush, who died Friday night in Houston at age 94, was the last American president to have served in combat during wartime, as of now. He was the final president to have served in World War II, ending a 40-year line of presidents who at least wore the uniform during World War II.
Fair winds and following seas, Sir. We have the watch. pic.twitter.com/GdGoBmvKKx
— U.S. Navy (@USNavy) December 1, 2018
George P. Bush, Texas land commissioner and grandson of the 41st president, noted his grandfather’s military service in a tribute:
My grandfather was the greatest man I ever knew. His life spanned the American Century—he fought in World War II … took part in the Texas oil boom … served out a distinguished career in public service including serving as president during the final days of the Cold War. pic.twitter.com/6i68EPVC3j
— George P. Bush (@georgepbush) December 1, 2018
President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump said in a statement that George Herbert Walker Bush “always found a way to set the bar higher,” and noted: “As a young man, he captained the Yale baseball team, and then went on to serve as the youngest aviator in the United States Navy during the Second World War.”
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