Born on July 12, 1924, George Herbert Walker Bush was the son of U.S. Senator Prescott Bush. åÊBush was accepted into Yale University but postponed his admission enlisting in the Navy after the attack on Pearl Harbor. åÊOn his 18th birthday he became the youngest aviator in the U.S. Navy. åÊIn high school Bush was president of his senior class, secretary of the student council, and Captain of the soccer and baseball teams. åÊWhen he returned from the war he entered Yale on an accelerated program finishing in an impressive 2.5 years. åÊWhile in college he played in the first two College World Series and met Babe Ruth. åÊHe graduated Phi Beta Kappa and is famously known as being a member of the Yale secret society Skull and Bones that his father, Prescott, and his son, George, are also members of.
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During his time in the Navy Bush flew 58 combat missions and received the Distinguished Flying Cross and 3 Air Medals as well as the Presidential Unit Citation. åÊon September 2, 1944 his engine caught fire during a mission after being struck by anti aircraft flak. åÊHowever he went on to complete the mission by dropping his bombs on its selected target then flying out to sea before bailing out. åÊHe waited 4 hours in an inflatable life raft before being rescued by a submarine.
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After graduating from Yale he moved his new family to West Texas to make his mark in the oil business. åÊBy 40 he was a millionaire. åÊBush entered politics and had a successful career as a congressman, Ambassador and Director of the CIA before becoming the 43rd Vice President of the United States in the Reagan administration from 1981 to 1989. åÊFollowing Reagan’s 2nd term Bush continued Reagan’s legacy becoming the 41st President of the United States from 1989 to 1993. åÊBush is the last president who has been a World War II veteran.Following his presidential term, bush cashed in to the tune of $50,000 per speaking engagement on the lecture circuit. åÊHe was also handsomely rewarded by combining his oil business expertise and international mideast connections from being a head of state to help U.S. investors enter the mideast oil market.Bush lives in the family compound in Kennebunkport, Maine which was purchased in the 19th century by Bush’s great-grandfather. åÊAfter devastating storm damage Bush did not take a deduction on his tax return even though the property suffered $300,000 to $400,000 in damages in order to avoid a conflict of interest since he was the very person that declared the area a ‘disaster area’! The compound is still prohibited airspace as it is a residence to a former US President. åÊIt is north of the famous Kennedy compound and has 9 lavishly large sized bedrooms that have accommodated heads of state from around the world. åÊIt also features a 4 car garage, swimming pool, tennis courts, guest house, sporting field, as well as several decks, patios, and docks. åÊAll-in-all, the compound is comprised of countless security cameras, dozens of buildings and Secret Service personnel who are on duty 24/7.