Another John F Kennedy

JFK: His Life and Legacy On November 22, 1963, while
being driven through the streets of Dallas, Texas, in his open
car, President John F. Kennedy was shot dead, apparently
by the lone gunman, Lee Harvey Oswald. The world had not
only lost a common man, but a great leader of men. >From
his heroic actions in World War II to his presidency, making
the decisions to avert possible nuclear conflict with world
superpowers, greatness can be seen. Kennedy also found
the time to author several best-selling novels from his
experiences . His symbolic figure represented all the charm,
vigor and optimism of youth as he led a nation into a new era
of prosperity. From his birth into the powerful and influential
Kennedy clan, much was to be expected of him. Kennedy
was born on May 29,1917 in Brookline, Massachusetts. His
father, Joe, Sr., was a successful businessman with many
political connections. Appointed by President Roosevelt,
Joe, Sr., was given the chair of the Securities and Exchange
Commission and later the prestigious position of United
States ambassador to Great Britain(Anderson 98). His
mother, Rose, was a loving housewife and took young John
on frequent trips around historic Boston learning about
American So 2 revolutionary history. Both parents
impressed on their children that their country had been good
to the Kennedys. Whatever benefits the family received from
the country they were told, must be returned by performing
some service for the country(Anderson 12). The Kennedy
clan included Joe, Jr., Bobby, Ted and their sisters, Eunice,
Jean, Patricia, Rosemary, and Kathleen. Joe, Jr., was a
significant figure in young John\'s life as he was the figure for
most of John\'s admiration. His older brother was much
bigger and stronger than John and took it upon himself to be
John\'s coach and protector. John\'s childhood was full of
sports, fun and activity. This all ended when John grew old
enough to leave for school. At the age of thirteen, John left
home to attend an away school for the first time. Canterbury
School, a boarding school in New Milford, Connecticut and
Choate Preparatory in Wallingford, Connecticut completed
his elementary education("JFK" 98). John graduated in 1934
and was promised a trip to London as a graduation gift.
Soon after, John became ill with jaundice and would have to
go to the hospital. He spent the rest of the summer trying to
recover. He was not entirely well when he started Princeton,
several weeks later in the fall of 1935. Around Christmas the
jaundice returned and John had to drop out of school.
Before the next school year began, he told his father he
wanted to go to Harvard("JFK" 98). On campus, young
people took interest in politics, social changes, and events in
Europe. The United States was pulling out of the Great
Depression. Hitler\'s So 3 Nazi Germany followed aggressive
territorial expansion in Europe. It was at this time that John
first became aware of the vast social and economic
differences in the United States. In June 1940, John
graduated cum laude(with praise or distinction) from
Harvard. His thesis earned a magna cum laude(great praise)(
"JFK" 98). After graduation, John began to send his paper
to publishers, and it was accepted on his second try. Wilfrid
Funk published it under the title Why England Slept. It
became a bestseller. John, at twenty-five, became a literary
sensation. In the spring of 1941, both John and Joe, Jr.,
decided to enroll in the armed services. Joe was accepted as
a naval air cadet but John was turned down by both the
army and navy because of his back trouble and history of
illness("JFK" 98). After months of training and conditioning,
John reapplied and on September 19, John was accepted
into the navy as a desk clerk in Washington. He was
disgusted and applied for a transfer. In June 1941, Kennedy
was sent to Naval Officers Training School at Northwestern
University in Evanston, Illinois and then for additional training
at the Motor Torpedo Boat Center at Melville, Rhode
Island. In late April 1943, Lieutenant John F. Kennedy was
put in command of a PT 109, a fast, light, attack craft in the
Solomon Islands in the South Pacific. Kennedy saw action in
the form of night patrols and participated in enemy
bombings. On August 1, 1943, during a routine night patrol,
a Japanese destroyer collided in the darkness with
Kennedy\'s craft and the PT 109 was sunk. Through
superhuman effort, the injured Kennedy heroically swam So
4 back and forth rescuing his wounded crew. Two were
killed in the crash. The injury had once again aggravated his
back. Still, Kennedy pushed on swimming from island to
island in the South Pacific hoping for a patrol