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Navy Pilot George H. W. Bush in TBM Avenger, 1944. Photo courtesy George Bush Presidential Library and Museum.
Navy Pilot George H. W. Bush in TBM Avenger, 1944. Photo courtesy George Bush Presidential Library and Museum.
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George H. W. Bush

41st American President

After flight training, Bush was assigned to Torpedo Squadron (VT-51), based on USS San Jacinto (CVL-30) in spring 1944. San Jacinto was part of a task force that participated in operations in the Marianas in June 1944. Throughout 1944, Bush flew 58 combat missions. He is a recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross. The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier George H. W. Bush (CVN-77) is named for the 41st President. Read his biography.