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  • September 2, 2014 5:20 PM

    ourpresidents:

    On this day, September 2, 1944, Navy pilot George Bush is shot down into enemy waters during World War II.

    George Bush joined the Navy on June 12, 1942, on his 18th birthday.  He received his commission on June 9, 1943, becoming the youngest naval aviator of the time.  During World War II, Bush flew torpedo bombers, completing 58 missions.

    On a run over Chichi Jima in 1944, his plane was hit by anti-aircraft fire. Bush bailed out and was rescued by a Navy submarine, but tragically, his two crew members were killed. For his service during WWII, Bush was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and three Air Medals.

    Photos:  Downed pilot George Bush is rescued by the Navy submarine, USS Finback. 9/2/44; Navy Pilot portrait, WWII; USS Finback.

    More — Military and Navy Photos of George Bush from the Bush Library

  • 1:40 PM
    American Red Cross worker in uniform exiting an LCT [Landing Craft, Tank] via its ramp onto Tinian probably in late 1945; U.S. servicemen stand behind her on the ramp.
Gift of David Lawrence, from the collection of the National World War II Museum

    American Red Cross worker in uniform exiting an LCT [Landing Craft, Tank] via its ramp onto Tinian probably in late 1945; U.S. servicemen stand behind her on the ramp.

    Gift of David Lawrence, from the collection of the National World War II Museum

  • September 1, 2014 5:20 PM
    Gift of Melissa Bourne, from the collections of the National WWII Museum View high resolution

    Gift of Melissa Bourne, from the collections of the National WWII Museum

  • 1:40 PM
    US soldiers eat food from mess kits onboard the deck of an LST. 
U.S. Army Signal Corps photograph, Gift in Memory of Maurice T. White, from the collection of The National WWII Museum. View high resolution

    US soldiers eat food from mess kits onboard the deck of an LST. 

    U.S. Army Signal Corps photograph, Gift in Memory of Maurice T. White, from the collection of The National WWII Museum.

    (Source: staging.ww2online.org)

  • August 31, 2014 5:20 PM

    demons:

    Navy Chaplain John H. Craven baptizing soldiers of the Army’s 476th Amphibious Truck Company/Iwo Jima, 1945

In the seventeenth chapter of Saint Luke it is written 'the kingdom of God is within man.” Not one man, nor a group of men, but in all men. In you, the people. You the people have the power, the power to create machines, the power to create happiness. You the people have the power to make life free and beautiful, to make this life a wonderful adventure. - Charlie Chaplin

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