George H.W. Bush, the 41st president of the United States, joined the Navy in 1942 at age 18 and became the youngest naval pilot at the time. During World War II, he served as a torpedo bomber assigned to the USS San Jacinto. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and three Air Medals during his service.
After the war ended, he attended Yale University, graduating in 1948, and began an oil business in Texas. He became involved in national politics in 1967, when he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives as a representative from Texas' 7th District.
He served as ambassador to the United Nations, chairman of the Republican National Committee and director of the CIA before running for the Republican presidential nomination in 1980. He lost his bid to Ronald Reagan, but was selected as his running mate and served two terms as vice president.
He was elected the 41st president of the United States in 1989 and lived to see his son, George W. Bush, sworn in as president in 2001.
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