Wow! That was pretty cool! W's Dad kicked some ass ! Should'nt have left the NRA though. Oh well he fought so people would have the right to choose to do that so my hat is still off to him. Take care. Coondog
While President Bush (41) was not the most popular President and had his re-election taken away by Ross Perot and a bad economy on the rebound. I believe he was probably the most qualified man ever to be President.
Youngest Navy Flyer in WWII
Successful oilman in Texas
Congressman from Texas
Ambassador to China under President Nixon
CIA Director under President Ford
Vice-President under President Reagan
Quite a resume for any one man!
I bet he would have made it as well if it weren't for that terrible twist of fate! What kind of man did we lose? Unfortunately we will never know.
Thats the one thing about him that always bugged me.
ETA: As always, I love reading historical .mil factual stories. Thanks Eric(withtherestofthestory)Hun.
A great man and great president.
DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY -- NAVAL HISTORICAL CENTER
805 KIDDER BREESE SE -- WASHINGTON NAVY YARD
WASHINGTON DC 20374-5060
Lieutenant Junior Grade George Bush, USNR
Upon hearing of the Pearl Harbor attack, while a student at Phillips Academy in Andover, Mass., George Bush decided he wanted to join the Navy to become an aviator. Six months later, after graduation, he enlisted in the Navy on his 18th birthday and began preflight training at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After completing the 10-month course, he was commissioned as an ensign in the U.S. Naval Reserve on 9 June 1943, several days before his 19th birthday; making him the youngest naval aviator then.
After finishing flight training, he was assigned to Torpedo Squadron (VT-51) as photographic officer in September 1943. As part of Air Group 51, his squadron was based on USS San Jacinto in the spring of 1944. San Jacinto was part of Task Force 58 that participated in operations against Marcus and Wake Islands in May, and then in the Marianas during June. On 19 June, the task force triumphed in one of the largest air battles of the war. During the return of his aircraft from the mission, Ensign Bush's aircraft made a forced water landing. The destroyer, USS Clarence K. Bronson, rescued the crew, but the plane was lost. On 25 July, Ensign Bush and another pilot received credit for sinking a small cargo ship.
After Bush was promoted to Lieutenant Junior Grade on 1 August, San Jacinto commenced operations against the Japanese in the Bonin Islands. On 2 September 1944, Bush piloted one of four aircraft from VT-51 that attacked the Japanese installations on Chi Chi Jima. For this mission his crew included Radioman Second Class John Delaney, and Lieutenant Junior Grade William White, USNR, who substituted for Bush's regular gunner. During their attack, four TBM Avengers from VT-51 encountered intense antiaircraft fire. While starting the attack, Bush's aircraft was hit and his engine caught on fire. He completed his attack and released the bombs over his target scoring several damaging hits. With his engine on fire, Bush flew several miles from the island, where he and one other crew member on the TBM Avenger bailed out of the aircraft. However, the other man's chute did not open and he fell to his death. It was never determined which man bailed out with Bush. Both Delaney and White were killed in action. While Bush anxiously waited four hours in his inflated raft, several fighters circled protectively overhead until he was rescued by the lifeguard submarine, USS Finback. For this action, Bush received the Distinguished Flying Cross. During the month he remained on Finback, Bush participated in the rescue of other pilots.
Subsequently, Bush returned to San Jacinto in November 1944 and participated in operations in the Philippines. When San Jacinto returned to Guam, the squadron, which had suffered 50 percent casualties of its pilots, was replaced and sent to the United States. Throughout 1944, he had flown 58 combat missions for which he received the Distinguished Flying Cross, three Air Medals, and the Presidential Unit Citation awarded San Jacinto.
Because of his valuable combat experience, Bush was reassigned to Norfolk and put in a training wing for new torpedo pilots. Later, he was assigned as a naval aviator in a new torpedo squadron, VT-153. With the surrender of Japan, he was honorably discharged in September 1945 and then entered Yale University.
Former Lieutenant George Herbert Walker Bush, U.S. Naval Reserve
Transcript Of Naval Service
12 JUN 1924 Born in Milton, Massachusetts
13 JUN 1942 Enlisted in U.S. Naval Reserve
5 AUG 1942 Reported for Active Duty
8 JUN 1943 Honorably Discharged
9 JUN 1943 Ensign, U.S. Naval Reserve and continued on Active Duty
1 AUG 1944 Lieutenant (junior grade)
18 SEP 1945 Released from Active Duty under honorable conditions
16 NOV 1948 Lieutenant
24 OCT 1955 Resignation accepted under honorable conditions
SHIPS AND STATIONS
U.S. Naval Air Station, June 1943-Aug. 1943
Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. (Instrn)
Naval Air Operational Aug. 1943-Aug. 1943
Carrier Qualification Training Unit
U.S. Naval Air Station, Glenview, Ill. (Instrn)
Air Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet, Aug. 1943-Sept. 1943
U.S. Naval Air Station, Norfolk, Va. (Instrn)
Carrier Aircraft Service 21 Sept. 1943-Sept. 1943
Torpedo Squadron 51 (Naval Aviator) Sept. 1943-Dec. 1943
Air Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet, Dec. 1944-Feb. 1945
Air Station, Norfolk, Va.
Torpedo Squadron 97 Feb. 1945-March 1945
Torpedo Squadron 153(Naval Aviator) March 1945-Sept. 1945
Headquarters, FIFTH Naval District Sept. 1945-Sept. 1945
Distinguished Flying Cross.
Air Medal with two gold stars in lieu of subsequent awards
Presidential Unit Citation awarded USS San Jacinto (CVL-30)
NONE (Resigned 24 Oct 1955)
So why did he have such a hard on against industrial grade hemp?