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Fast facts about former US President George H.W. Bush

Saturday, December 1, 2018 • Tamil Comments

Former US President and World War II hero, George H.W. Bush, died late Friday night, announced family spokesman. He was the 41st US president between 1989 and 1993, after serving two terms as vice-president to Ronald Reagan.  

Here are a few interesting facts about him that you probably aren't aware of :–

He was the first sitting vice president to be elected president since Martin van Buren in 1836.

He was the second president to be the father of another US president, the first being John Adams.

At 18, he was the youngest pilot in the Navy at that time.

In college, he was captain of the Yale University baseball team and played in the first two College World Series.

He celebrated his 75th, 80th, 85th, and 90th birthdays by skydiving.

He flew 58 combat missions for the Navy during World War II and was awarded three Air Medals and the Distinguished Flying Cross.

While vice president for Ronald Reagan, Bush acted as president for eight hours while President Reagan was in surgery after being shot.

In July 2013, Bush shaved his head to honor the son of one of his Secret Service agents, who was suffering from leukemia.

After the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, Bush and former president Bill Clinton formed the Bush-Clinton Katrina Fund to help victims in Louisiana.

After graduating from Yale, Bush went out on his own and entered the oil business. He started his own firm in 1951 and gained success over the next 15 years in Texas.