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John Fitzgerald Kennedy was the 35th president of the United States He was the youngest manand the first Roman Catholic ever elected to the presidency Rich handsome elegant andarticulate he aroused great admiration at home and abroad His term of office as president wastoo short however to say what his place in history might have been Kennedy was born inBrookline Massachusetts on May 29 1917 His father Joseph P Kennedy was a businessmanwho became a multimillionaire head of the Securities and Exchange Commission andambassador to Great Britain Kennedy graduated from Choate School in WallingfordConnecticut He then briefly attended Princeton University and then entered Harvard Universityin 1936 At Harvard he wrote an honors thesis on British foreign policies in the 1930s It waspublished in 1940 the year he graduated under the title Why England Slept In 1941 shortlybefore the United States entered World War II Kennedy joined the US Navy He attended aschool to learn about the Patrol Torpedo boat Kennedy was sent to the islands of the SouthPacific Ocean where he was in charge of a Torpedo boat everybody called him Skipper JohnKennedy the boat was called PT 109 The boat had been in battle and and it was dirty Theengines were in need of repair JFK went to work and soon the PT 109 was ready for warJFK said the torpedos would sink any ship on the seawagnerpg4 Near an old pier the PTboats waited every day When night came they were ready for war They drifted out into theocean and listened for the sound of engines of enemy ships for three or more nights they did thatbut they didnt find anything One night in early autumm four enemy ships had been spotted nearan island The PT boats waited for dark so they wouldnt be seen Slowly the PT 109 rode theblack waves and every man of the crew listened The crew could here the sound of an engine offin the distance as they
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