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Public Figures and their Military Service for Veteran's Day

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Interesting Veteran's Day list ---






* Richard Gephardt: Air National Guard, 1965-71.


* David Bonior: Staff Sgt., Air Force 1968-72.


* Tom Daschle: 1st Lt., Air Force SAC 1969-72.


* Al Gore: enlisted Aug. 1969; sent to Vietnam Jan. 1971 as an army

journalist in 20th Engineer Brigade.


* Bob Kerrey: Lt. j.g. Navy 1966-69; Medal of Honor, Vietnam.


* Daniel Inouye: Army 1943-47; Medal of Honor, WWII.


* John Kerry: Lt., Navy 1966-70; Silver Star, Bronze Star with Combat V,

Purple Hearts.


* Charles Rangel: Staff Sgt., Army 1948-52; Bronze Star, Korea.


* Max Cleland: Captain, Army 1965-68; Silver Star & Bronze Star,

Vietnam. > Paraplegic from war injuries. Served in Congress.


* Ted Kennedy: Army, 1951-53.


* Tom Harkin: Lt., Navy, 1962-67; Naval Reserve, 1968-74.


* Jack Reed: Army Ranger, 1971-1979; Captain, Army Reserve 1979-91.


* Fritz Hollings: Army officer in WWII; Bronze Star and seven campaign



* Leonard Boswell: Lt. Col., Army 1956-76; Vietnam, DFCs, Bronze

Stars,and Soldier's Medal.


* Pete Peterson: Air Force Captain, POW. Purple Heart, Silver Star

and Legion of Merit.


* Mike Thompson: Staff sergeant, 173rd Airborne, Purple Heart.


* Bill McBride: Candidate for Fla. Governor. Marine in Vietnam;

Bronze, Star with Combat V.


* Gray Davis: Army Captain in Vietnam, Bronze Star.


* Pete Stark: Air Force 1955-57


* Howell Heflin: Silver Star


* George McGovern: Silver Star & DFC during WWII.


* Bill Clinton: Did not serve. Student deferments.

------- received #311.------


* Jimmy Carter: Seven years in the Navy.


* Walter Mondale: Army 1951-1953


* John Glenn: WWII and Korea; six DFCs and AirMedal with 18 Clusters.


* Tom Lantos: Served in Hungarian underground in WWII. Saved by Raoul








* Dick Cheney: did not serve. Had "other obligations."


* Dennis Hastert: did not serve.


* Tom Delay: did not serve.


* Roy Blunt: did not serve.


* Bill Frist: did not serve.


* Mitch McConnell: did not serve.


* Rick Santorum: did not serve.


* Trent Lott: did not serve.


* John Ashcroft: did not serve.


* Jeb Bush: did not serve.


* Karl Rove: did not serve.


* Saxby Chambliss: did not serve. "Bad knee." The man who attacked

Max Cleland's patriotism.


* Paul Wolfowitz: did not serve. Neocon warhawk


* Vin Weber: did not serve.


* Richard Perle: did not serve. Neocon warhawk


* Douglas Feith: did not serve.


* Eliot Abrams: did not serve.


* Richard Shelby: did not serve.


* Jon Kyl: did not serve.


* Tim Hutchison: did not serve.


* Christopher Cox: did not serve.


* Newt Gingrich: did not serve.


* Don Rumsfeld: served in Navy (1954-57) as flight "instructor"?


* George W. Bush: failed to complete his six-year National Guard; got

assigned to Alabama so he could campaign for family friend running

for U.S. Senate; failed to show up for required medical exam,

disappeared from duty.


* Ronald Reagan: due to poor eyesight, served in a non- combat role

making training movies.


* B-1 Bob Dornan: Consciously enlisted LONG AFTER the fighting was over

in Korea.


* Phil Gramm: did not serve.


* John McCain: Vietnam POW, Silver Star, Bronze Star, Legion of

Merit,,Purple Heart and Distinguished Flying Cross.


* Dana Rohrabacher: did not serve.


* John M. McHugh: did not serve.


* JC Watts: did not serve.


* Jack Kemp: did not serve. "Knee problem, " although he continued in

NFL for 8 years as quarterback.


* Dan Quayle: Journalism unit of the Indiana National Guard.


* Rudy Giuliani: did not serve.


* George Pataki: did not serve.


* Spencer Abraham: did not serve.


* John Engler: did not serve.


* Lindsey Graham: National Guard lawyer.





* Sean Hannity: did not serve.


* Rush Limbaugh: did not serve


* Bill O'Reilly: did not serve.


* Michael Savage: did not serve.


* George Will: did not serve.


* Chris Matthews: did not serve.


* Paul Gigot: did not serve.


* Bill Bennett: did not serve. (Too OBESE to pass a physical?)


* Pat Buchanan: did not serve.


* Bill Kristol: did not serve.


* Kenneth Starr: did not serve.


* Antonin Scalia: did not serve.


* Clarence Thomas: did not serve.


* Ralph Reed: did not serve.


* Michael Medved: did not serve.


* Charlie Daniels: did not serve.




Please keep this information circulating!


This list was compiled by Illinois State Senator Howard W.


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