U.S. Navy photo

On Sept. 2, 1944, 20-year-old Navy pilot, Lt. j.g. George Herbert Walker Bush, was flying his 50th mission of World War II, bombing a radio tower on the small Pacific island of Chichi Jima. Bush was among nine American service members to survive being shot down over the small island over the course of the war, but he is the only one who made it home. The other men were captured and faced unimaginable conditions and treatment. It is an incredible history of service and sacrifice and the harsh realities of war. Through Bush, it is an example of the limitless ladder of the American dream.

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