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George Bush brought to the White House a dedication to traditional American values and a determination to direct them toward making the United States a kinder and gentler nation In his Inaugural Address he pledged in a moment rich with promise to use American strength as a force for good Coming from a family with a tradition of public service George Herbert Walker Bush felt the responsibility to make his contribution both in time of war and in peace Born in Milton Massachusetts on June 12 1924 he became a student leader at Phillips Academy in Andover On his 18th birthday he enlisted in the armed forces The youngest pilot in the Navy when he received his wings he flew 58 combat missions during World War II On one mission over the Pacific as a torpedo bomber pilot he was shot down by Japanese antiaircraft fire and was rescued from the water by a United States submarine He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for bravery in action Bush next turned his energies toward completing his education and raising a family In January 1945 he married Barbara Pierce They had six children--George Robin who died as a child John known as Jeb Neil Marvin and Dorothy At Yale University he excelled both in sports and in his studies he was captain of the baseball team and a member of Phi Beta Kappa After graduation Bush embarked on a career in the oil industry of West Texas Like his father Prescott Bush who was elected a Senator from Connecticut in 1952 George became interested in public service and politics He served two terms as a Representative to Congress from Texas Twice he ran unsuccessfully for the Senate Then he was appointed to a series of high-level positions Ambassador to the United Nations Chairman of the Republican National Committee Chief of the U S Liaison Office in the Peoples Republic of China and Director
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