first published on December 1, 2018 by Josh
Recently released footage provided by the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum shows the moment that former President and Naval Aviator George H.W. Bush was rescued at sea after being shot down in the Japanese occupied atoll of Chichi Jima in the Western Pacific back in 1944.
Bush was rescued by members of a surfacing diesel submarine in the area after he was forced to ditch his torpedo bomber in the ocean. He was the only surviving member of his squadron at the conclusion of the mission, and almost lost his life as well during the event.
While no President is totally free of controversy, one thing can surely be said about this man. After President George H.W. Bush, not a single president saw a shot fired in anger, nor stepped foot in an active war zone as an American service member. George H.W. Bush was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and three air medals for his actions during World War 2.
“I was scared but I was willing. I was young, but I was ready. I had barely started living when I began to see men die.” – George H.W. Bush 41st President of the United States of America.