Although we're inclined to recall John F. Kennedy as the 35th President of the United States, I also remember John F. Kennedy as a war hero.
In August, 1943, during World War II, the patrol boat Lt. Kennedy commanded came across a Japanese destroyer. Not only did the lieutenant lead his surviving crew through hostile waters to safety, but pulled a fellow crewman to shore by the strap of a life vest.
This year our country's Memorial Day, a day the United States honors those who gave their lives while serving in our country's armed forces, is May 29th. Ironically, 2017's Memorial Day falls on Kennedy's 100th birthday.
Throughout the years, whenever anyone has debated John F. Kennedy's legacy as a president or discussed the tragic circumstances of his death, I've always reminded them that before any of that happened, he was a brave man who saved lives.
For information on the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum:
For the direct link to the history of PT-109:
To John F. Kennedy and all of those who served our country, thank you. And, to all of you reading this post, have a safe and peace-filled week.
(photo c/o facebook.com/JFKLibrary)