A True American Warrior Died Today
As the sun comes up across America we learn of the passing last night of a true American warrior, politician and president. In a Houston Hospital Room surrounded by family George Herbert Walker Bush took his final breath shortly at 10:10 PM on 30 November 2018. He will be missed and mourned by a grateful nation.
Here’s what we know about the life spanning from his Yale University days of playing Baseball in the 1940s. During World War II he was one of the Navy’s youngest pilots and was shot down during a 1944 bombing mission in the Pacific.
He met Barbara at a dance in Greenwich, Connecticut in 1941. He was 17 and she was 16. They later married in 6 January 1945, making them the longest married presidential couple until her death on 17 April 2018.
His public service was as a Texas Congressman, 11th Director of the CIA, 43rd U.S. Vice President under Ronald Reagan and 41st U.S. President (1989 – 1993). His father, Prescott, had been a U.S. Senator. His oldest son, George W., was 43rd U.S. President and his son, Jeb, had been Governor of Florida.
Foreign policy the Gulf War, the fall of the Berlin Wall and the dissolving of the Soviet Union were the centerpiece of the Bush presidency. Among his other accomplishments were instituting a ban on importing semi-automatic rifles and signing the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act and 1001 Civil Rights Act.
George H. W. (94) is survived by his 5 children, 17 grandchildren and 8 great grandkids. He is preceded in death by his wife, Barbara, and his daughter, Robin, who died in 1953 at age 3 from leukemia. He will be buried at the family burial site, behind his presidential museum in College Station, Texas.
On a personal note, I was in the military and beginning a 2 year separation deployment from my family in Japan. The night I arrived in Japan I saw on early morning television that Emperor Hirohito had died (7 January 1989) and President George H. W. Bush (#41) was inaugurated on 20 January 1989.
Operation Desert Shield began on 2 August 1989 and I returned and retired at Fort Carson, Colorado on 31 December 1990. Two short weeks later, Desert Shield (buildup phase) turned into Desert Storm (combat phase) on 17 January 1991 – 28 February 1991 of the Gulf War. – I am the Real Truckmaster!