George Herbert Walker Bush
Class of 1992
Category: Distinguished American Sportsman
Born: Jan. 12, 1924
Birthplace: Milton, Mass.
As a man, a father, a grandfather, and as a President of the United States, he has exemplified the most admirable of human qualities. Athletic activities have been a lifelong pursuit in prep school, the Navy, and at Yale, where he captained the baseball team. He enlisted in the Navy in 1942 as a seamen second class, earning his wings and commission at age 18, the youngest pilot in the navy. His torpedo bomber was shot down in the pacific. He was awarded the DFC and three air medals-8. Although from a wealthy family, with typical Bush resolve he moved to Texas where he amassed his own fortune in oil. In 1966, he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. In 1988 he became the Republican candidate for President, and was overwhelmingly elected. As President, and world leader, he still took time to showcase his lifelong athletic activities. He was an avid runner, tennis player, horse shoe pitcher, boating enthusiast, and holds the undisputed Presidential record for the fastest round of golf.
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