It came out this week that Bush and Carter are only a few months apart in age. Both were born in 1924.
Bush had quite a combat record in WWII.
I was surprised to read that Carter spent the war years at the Naval Academy. He was allowed to enter the academy in 1943. He wasn’t drafted into the military.
I had always assumed students at the military academies got pressed into active service ASAP.
West Point closed during the Civil War in 1863.
What was Military Academy policy during WWII? Were cadets encouraged to enter active duty and deploy as officers in military units?