“ Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country. “ A famous quote spoken by a U.S President whose term of office was cut short by a belligerent man. John F. Kennedy or JFK would grow to become one of the United States’s smartest and youngest Presidents in history. Unfortunately for JFK his life and term as President was cut short after being assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald. Although JFK did not serve a full term as President he affected our nation in many positive ways and was on the best presidents we ever had.
He entered Princeton University but was forced to leave during his freshman year because of an attack of jaundice. In the fall of 1936 he enrolled at Harvard University, graduating cum laude in June 1940. During World War II, he commanded a PT (torpedo) boat in the Pacific. When the boat was rammed and sunk by a Japanese destroyer in August 1943, Kennedy, despite serious injuries, led the surviving crew through miles of perilous waters to safety. After the war, Kennedy worked for several months in 1945 as a reporter for the Hearst newspapers, covering a conference in San Francisco that established the United Nations.
While they were attending Harvard, his older brother announced he would become the first Catholic United States President, something no one doubted due to his charisma and drive. Straight out of Harvard, both Joe and Jack enlisted in the United States Navy. Jack was appointed lieutenant and was assigned as commander of a patrol torpedo boat in the South Pacific. On the night of August 2, 1943, Lt. Kennedy’s crew patrolled the waters looki... ... middle of paper ... ... determined, Jack Ruby died of a pulmonary embolism due to lung cancer at Parkland Hospital on January 3rd, 1967. President John F Kennedy was one of the most beloved US presidents to have served to date.
1 John's father, Joseph Kennedy was a self-made millionaire. "In Joseph's political career, he accompanied President Franklin D. Roosevelt and his New Deal, as the chairman of the new Securities and Exchange Commission. Joseph was also chairman of the Maritime Commission and from 1937- 1940, he was ambassador to Great Britain." 2 John's mother, Rose (Fitzgerald) Kennedy, was daughter to John F. Fitzgerald, Mayor of Boston. John's paternal grandfather, Patrick J. Kennedy, had served in the Massachusetts Senate.
In 1931 he enrolled at a Connecticut boarding school called Choate. JFK graduated from Choate in 1935. From there jack followed in his father and older brother and enrolled at Harvard in 1936 and graduated in 1940. In September 1941, after medical disqualification by the Army for his chronic lower back problems, Kennedy joined the U.S. Navy; he joined as commander of Torpedo boats during WWII. After getting surgery for his chronic back problems, he was released from active duty in late 1944.
For six months he then served as a secretary to his father, who was the U.S. ambassador of Great Britain. JFK joined the navy in 1941, and he was sent to the South Pacific two years later. As a matter of fact, he escaped death in battle, and he was later on awarded the Navy and U.S. Marine Corps medal for heroism. His back, which bothered him since he was a teenager, continued to trouble him for the rest of his life. By the end of the war, his brother Joe, who was expected to be the first Kennedy to run for office, had been killed in the war.
Joseph and Rose were trying to prepare their sons for public life and prepare their daughters for marriages to distinguished young men. In 1937, the Kennedy family moved to Great Britain so that John's father could become the American ambassador there for three years. John stayed in the United States for an education at Harvard University. John was a very good student at Harvard, yet he didn't make the high grades that his brother had. So, John joined two clubs and spent most of his time working on a newspaper published at Harvard, "Crimson"3.
As chairman of the Federal Maritime Commission in 1937, he laid the groundwork for the U.S. merchant marine. He was ambassador to Great Britain from 1938 to 1940. But perhaps his greatest achievement was seeing his son become John become President of the United States. As his parents did for him, he did the same for his children. He wanted nothing more than to see one his children as a great political leader.
After college John Kennedy tried to enlist into the United States Army, but was denied because of a back injury. Months later he was accepted into the United States Navy. After the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, in 1941 he became an intelligence officer in Washington D.C. Kennedy trained with the Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron and was shipped to the South Pacific to fight the ongoing war against Japan. In March 1943 he patrolled the torpedo boat, that got sliced in two/ A Japanese destroyer had targeted the boat killing two of Kennedy’s men. Kennedy and the o... ... middle of paper ... ... 15 April 2014 “Jacqueline Kennedy in the White House.” John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy - JFK John Fitzgerald Kennedy was born in Brookline, Massachusetts, on May 29, 1917, the second son of financier Joseph P. Kennedy, who served as ambassador to Great Britain during the administration of Franklin D. Roosevelt. He graduated from Harvard University in 1940, winning note with the publication of Why England Slept, an expansion of his senior thesis on Britain's lack of preparedness for World War II. His part in the war was distinguished by bravery. In August 1943, as commander of the U.S. Navy torpedo boat PT-109, he rescued several crewmen after a Japanese destroyer off the Solomon Islands rammed the boat. His heroic rescue of survivors of his crew won him the Navy and Marine Corps Medal as well as the Purple Heart.