Skip to comments.George H. Bush, torpedo bomber pilot
Posted on 09/02/2010 2:03:09 PM PDT by Michael Zak
George H. Bush, at the age of eighteen, became the youngest pilot in the U.S. Navy. He learned to fly a three-man torpedo bomber and named his plane for his fiance, Barbara. He was assigned to the aircraft carrier USS San Jacinto.
On this day in 1944, Lt. Bush's squadron attacked Japanese radar installations on the island of Chichi Jima. His plane was hit by an anti-aircraft gun, setting it on fire.
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I don’t think either Bush flew fighters by teleprompter.
And what is the current President’s great and brave acts? Bow to anyone recently?
So he had a history of bombing even before he won POTUS
I really needed that laugh!
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The story of his rescue by submarine could’ve come right out of Hollywood. Either that sub surfaces and saves him in the bay, or the boat full of Japanese cannibals reaches him and roasts him on a spit like they did his countrymen.
As with President Bush Jr., I may have disagreed with Bush’s liberal economic policies but I always thought he was an honorable man. Bush Sr., in particular, exemplified service, honor and duty. And yet, remember how, during President Bush Sr.’s presidential campaigns, there was a Leftie smear whisper campaign that Bush was shot down due to his incompetence? The Left is scum.
George HW wasn’t my favorite president, but that’s not funny at all.
I believe he was shot down in that plane. Few politicians today can survive a combat war and still retain a sense of their need to serve humanity. John McCain certainly didn’t; and John Kerry, either [if you can call what he did ‘combat’].
Several others of his flight were shot down down by the enemy and captured, killed and eaten.
Reminds me of Billy Jeff and the medias “wimp factor” campaign against HW. Still pisses me off
Truman - Army in World War I
Eisenhower - Army WWI and WWII
Kennedy - Navy WWII
Johnson - Navy Reserve WWII
Nixon - Navy Reserve WWII
Ford - Navy Reserve WWII
Carter - Navy (graduated USNA in 1946 and served until 1953)
Reagan - Army Air Corps during World War II (1942-1945); Army Reserve (1937-1942)
Bush Sr. - Navy WWII
Clinton - ran away to Europe from military service (draft dodger)
Bush Jr. - Texas Air National Guard, 68 - 73
Obama - never served, and draft ended by the time he was of age
in addition, 21 of the remaining 31 Presidents served in some form of military service (including state militias).
That is, 12 of 44 Presidents did not serve in the military. And of those 12...
John Adams was chairman of the Continental Congress Board of War
Herbert Hoover helped guide US Marines in 1900 during the Boxer Rebellion
Franklin Roosevelt served as Assistant Secretary of the Navy during WWI.
So that means that 9 of 44 didn't somehow work with the military in some form.
Care to explain that?
Interesting. Thank you. Who were the other nine Presidents who did not serve in the military?
My respects to anyone who flew torpedo bombers in battle, whether the older Douglas TBD’s or newer Grumman TBF’s that Bush flew.
>> Bush Jr. - Texas Air National Guard, 68 - 73 <<
Not only that:
For almost two years during this five-year period, he actually was full-time, active-duty Air Force.
Madison and Jefferson were two of them.
I wish he would have stuck with his military career.
Zero is a bomber, alright, he’s bombing as a president. He bombs our economy, our Constitutional rights and freedoms. How can anyone say that he hasn’t engaged in combat? /sarc
Would you like to explain that post?
Exactly one year later in Tokyo Bay, the Japanese would surrender. Happy 65th V-J Day!
Thanks. It would be interesting to know all twelve.
I remember when that happened. I believe it came out of the sewer inhabited by “The Forehead.”
There was another leftie smear campaign that he was responsible for the deaths of the other members of the crew of his plane, that he abandoned them to save himself, etc.
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As Governor of Virginia (1779-1781) during wartime, Jefferson did indeed have military responsibilities.
Of course, Virginians were not satisfied with Jefferson's performance during the military crisis of June 1781, and would not reelect him.
But, point is, Jefferson's military experience can in no way be demoted to that of, say, our current President.
As governor, Jefferson failed to call out the state militia when the British invaded Virginia. Do you count that as military experience?
Compared to our current Community Organizer in Chief? Of course.
A wise man (don't remember who for sure, might have been my Dad ;-) ), once said we can learn more from our mistakes than our successes.
Do you suppose it possible that Jefferson remembered his military mistakes as Governor when, for example, as President, Jefferson sent the new US Navy to go fight Barbary Pirates?
I mean, after all, Jefferson could have just called them all in for a Beer Summit... ;-)
Decidedly not. The accusations - most of them unfair - of cowardice for running from the British followed Jefferson for the rest of his life. He was, after all, the sitting Governor of Virginia at the time and what we would term a high-value target. And they very nearly caught him. Nevertheless, having military responsibilities as a civilian and acting as a member of the armed forces are two entirely different things. TommyJeff was an astoundingly brilliant man and an intellectual hero of mine but he was never a soldier.
Presidents with no military service:
John Quincy Adams
Martin Van Buren
William Howard Taft
Warren G. Harding
Franklin D. Roosevelt
All this according to......http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Presidents_of_the_United_States_by_military_service
Thank you, though it hurts to see BHO listed among so many better presidents.
Curious to learn that Jefferson was officially a Colonel, even though hardly the warrior type.
Let's see, if we limit our list to only those with no connections at all to the military:
Withe huge, huge apologies to one of our best ever presidents, Calvin Coolidge, for putting him in such a rogues gallery!