Fort Fisher

Fort Fisher
Fort Fisher, NE Bastion. Frank Vizetelly (National Geographic)

Thursday, December 6, 2018

George H.W. Bush-- USN: Trained On USS Sable in Lake Michigan

There were no posts yesterday as I spent time watching the funeral ceremony of our 41st President, George H.W. Bush, in Washington, D.C.

During World War II, he served in the United States Navy.  

Six months after the declaration of war, George Bush enlisted in the Navy after his graduation from Phillips Academy on his 18th birthday.  He became a naval aviator  after taking aircraft training on the USS Sable in Lake Michigan.  This required eight successful takeoffs and landings.

After completing a ten-month training, he was commissioned an ensign in the U.S. Naval Reserve at the Corpus Christi NAS on June 9, 1943.  He was still a few days from his 19th birthday which made him one of the youngest naval aviators.

--Old B-Runner

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