President George Herbert Walker Bush 1924-2018


by Joseph R. John, Chairman, CombatVeteransForCongress, ©2018

(Dec. 1, 2018) — For his 50+ years of service to the Republic, we honor the life and legacy of President George Herbert Walker Bush, the 41st President of the United States, who passed away last night at age 94. He was reunited with his loving wife Barbara, who passed away eight months ago.  After Pearl Harbor was attacked by Japan, and although he was accepted to Yale University and would have played on the Yale varsity baseball team, George H. W. Bush put his college education and budding baseball career on hold in order to volunteer for military service.

George Bush volunteered for US Navy service and at age 19 became the youngest pilot in World War II.   Navy Lieutenant (junior grade) Bush won his wings of gold and was assigned as a pilot of a torpedo bomber in an avenger, flying 58 combat missions.  On one of his missions, his avenger was hit by Japanese anti-aircraft fire, requiring him to bail out of his aircraft into the Pacific Ocean, and was picked up by a US Navy submarine; that was the second time he had to bail out of his aircraft.  For combat action in WWII, he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, two Air Medals, the Presidential Unit Citation, and various Service and Campaign Medals.

President Bush served as a member of Congress, as UN Ambassador, the first US Ambassador to China, the Director of the CIA, for eight years as President Reagan’s very effective Vice President, and was subsequently elected the 41st President of the United States.  President Bush guided the nation during the end of the Cold War, when the Berlin Wall fell and the Soviet Union dissolved.  He brought a coalition of 35 nations together, the largest coalition of nations since WWII, and accomplished his goal of evicting Saddam Hussein’s Iraqi invasion force from Kuwait during Operation Desert Storm. His son Jeb was elected Governor of Florida, and his son George W. Bush was elected Governor of Texas and the 43rd President of the United States.

President George H. W. Bush was an international leader from a different era, a member of the Greatest Generation, and the longest living US President in history.  He was a dedicated husband, a father who provided unconditional love for his children, a loving grandfather, an “American Patriot,” and an authentic naval hero.  President Bush was kind to my family and me, and we offer our deepest, most sincere sympathies to his family.

President George Herbert Walker Bush had a quiet dignity, was a “Man of Honor” and a “Remarkable Man of Grace.”  President Bush’s passing, as the poets tell us, diminishes mankind.  God kept President Bush safe from harm in war and peace, blessed him in his worldly endeavors, and will rest his noble soul.


Joseph R. John, USNA ‘62
Capt    USNR(Ret)/Former FBI
Chairman, Combat Veterans For Congress PAC
2307 Fenton Parkway, Suite 107-184
San Diego, CA 92108

Then I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?” Then I said, “Here am I. Send me!” -Isaiah 6:8

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