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John F. Kennedy
Transcript of John F. Kennedy
John F Kennedy
Kennedy's Early Life
He was born on May 29th, 1917. The Kennedy family was one of the wealthiest in America. Kennedy had many health problems throughout his entire life and was given his last rites as a Roman Catholic three times.
In fact, Kennedy's health issues were so bad that he failed his physical exam to join the U.S. Navy. He suffered from gastrointestinal and back problems his entire life.
However, his father was able to call in on old friends and get John into his naval position.
Kennedy was placed in command of the Patrol Torpedo Craft - 109. His mission throughout the war was to attack Japanese shipping nicknamed the, "Tokyo Express".
Kennedy was also elected as a Congressman for the state of Massachusetts in 1946 and then elected as a Senator for the state in 1952.
On August 2nd, 1943, the PT-109 was running silent to avoid detection when the Japanese destroyer
crashed into the side of the PT splitting it in two.
Kennedy swam four miles pulling an injured crew member until they reached an island.
Before the Presidency
During his short presidency, Kennedy was still able to commit to several things. He sponsored the Bay of Pigs Invasion, he inspired America to reach for the stars, he helped desegregate America, he addressed the Cuban Missile Crisis, he pushed for the Berlins to reunite, and he died a martyr as an enemy of Communism
On November 22nd, 1963, President JFK, while riding in a motorcade through Dallas, Texas, is shot in the head and killed. Lee Harvey Oswald is arrested for the crime and Lyndon B. Johnson is sworn in as the 36th President.
Just because you're young, doesn't mean you can't do great things.
He's an inspiration for America to unite instead of divide.
No matter what went wrong in his life, he pushed forward and succeeded.
"John F. Kennedy in WWII." - John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum. N.p., n.d. Web. 27 Sept. 2016.
"Miller Center." Presidential Key Events. N.p., n.d. Web. 27 Sept. 2016.
Nicholas T. Smith
English 12, Block 3