10 photos that show former President George H.W. Bush's lifelong dedication to the US military
- Former President George H.W. Bush died Friday at the age of 94.
- From the time he joined the military on his 18th birthday, the former president dedicated much of his life to serving his country.
- Bush flew 58 combat missions as a Navy pilot during World War II and was once shot down by Japanese forces.
- Throughout his political career, Bush remained committed to US service members, often visiting troops overseas during the holidays.
George H.W. Bush joined the US military on June 12, 1942 on his 18th birthday.
George H.W. Bush became the youngest Navy pilot of the era.
He flew 58 combat missions during World War II.
He was shot down while on a bombing run off the island of Chi Chi Jima in 1944, and was rescued by the USS Finback.
After leaving military service, he remained devoted to US troops, and has often visited service members deployed and stationed overseas, even during holidays.
As vice president, he visited the Korean DMZ in 1982.
Then Vice President, George H.W. Bush USS Iowa re-commissioned the battleship USS Iowa in 1984
In 1990, President Bush spent Thanksgiving with deployed troops in Saudi Arabia after the invasion of Iraq.
Right down to his socks, former President George H.W. Bush remained dedicated to serving his country until his final days.
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