John F. Kennedy: Biography: Written in First Person

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I am John F. Kennedy. More people know me as President 35, J.F.K and, some people call me Jack. I was born May 29, 1917, in Brookline, Massachusetts. As a young kid I went to school at The Choate School which was a private college preparatory school for grades 9-12. I joined Harvard University in 1936, my brother Joe and I were fascinated in sports, especially football. While I was playing football I ruptured a disk in my spine. The disk is a jelly like substance in between vertebrates. If you rupture that both your vertebrates collide which causes friction between the nerves and gives you back pain. I never recuperated and my back continued to hurt me for the rest of my life. When my father was selected United States Ambassador to England he moved there with our whole family, with the exception of Joe and I who were at Harvard. Since my dad’s job I became interested in other countries politics and world affairs. During the summer I visited England and some other countries in Europe but, when I resumed at Harvard I started to learning about the history of other countries, learned about their government and kept up with the latest news. The letters of my father educated me about how World War II was beginning to emerge and when it happened. I then wrote a book called Why England slept which was about how Great Britain was unprepared for the war with Germany. After I graduated Joe and I joined the Navy. Joe was a flyer and was sent to Europe and I was a Lieutenant and was sent to the South Pacific as commander of a patrol torpedo boat. I had a crew of twelve men and out mission was to stop Japanese ships from providing supplies to their soldiers. On August 2, 1943 a Japanese destroyer suddenly became visible. It was traveling at fu... ... middle of paper ... ...the civil rights struggle. I proposed a new Civil Rights bill to the Congress, and went on television asking Americans to end racism. On November 21, 1963, I flew to Texas to give several political speeches. The next day, as my car drove slowly past cheering crowds in Dallas a shot rose above every other noise and I was seriously wounded and died a short time later. Within a few hours of the shooting, police arrested Lee Harvey Oswald and charged him with the murder. On November 24, another man, Jack Ruby, shot and killed Oswald, silencing the only person who could have offered more information about this tragic event, although the shooting is still a conspiracy. “Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country” ~ J.F.K

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