The vast majority of those elected President of the United States served honorably in the Constitutional Militia, or later, the U.S. Army or Navy. Following is their military service by order of highest rank attained.
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Andrew Jackson. Rank: Major General. Served in the Tennessee Militia, North Carolina Militia and U.S. Army. Hero of the Battle of New Orleans during the War of 1812. Also saw combat during the Revolutionary War, Creek War and the first Seminole War. Only president to be a prisoner of war after he was captured during the Revolutionary War at the age of 13.
Zachary Taylor. Rank: Major General, U.S. Army. War of 1812, Black Hawk War, Second Seminole War and Mexican/American War. Became a national hero because of his achievements in the Mexican/American War.
Andrew Johnson. Rank: Brigadier General of Volunteers, U.S. Army. Appointed Military Governor of Tennessee during Civil War.
Chester A. Arthur. Rank: Quartermaster General, New York State Militia. SERVED WITHOUT SEEING COMBAT. Non-combatant service only during Civil War. As a state quartermaster, he could not be mustered for Federal service.
James Madison. Rank Colonel: SERVED WITHOUT SEEING COMBAT, but some historians believe Madison served as a Colonel in the Revolutionary War with the Orange County Virginia Militia. It is also believed he served in the War of 1812. If so, he would join Washington (Whiskey Rebellion) as having seen military service as Commander-in-Chief.
Theodore Roosevelt. Rank: Colonel during the Spanish-American War, served in the New York State Militia, which was later designated the U.S. Army. Was head of the 1st U.S. Volunteer Cavalry Regiment (Rough Riders). He was famous for his charge up San Juan Hill. Was posthumously awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. As ex-president, he volunteered for service in WWI, but President Wilson refused his request.
Lyndon B. Johnson. Rank: Commander, U.S. Navy during WWII. Was awarded the Silver Star medal by General Douglas McArthur for his role as an observer on a B-26 bombing mission. The award remains controversial.
James Monroe. Rank: Major, Virginia State Troops of the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War from 1776 to 1779. Crossed the Delaware with Gen. George Washington (he is holding the flag in the famous painting. (see below). He was wounded in the Battle of Trenton. As Secretary of State during the War of 1812, he scouted and deployed troops for the British invasion of Washington.
William McKinley. Rank: Brevet Major of Volunteers, U.S. Army during the Civil War. Originally served with the Militia in the 23rd Ohio Infantry. Was present at the surrender of the Militia Army of Northern Virginia.
Abraham Lincoln. Rank: Captain State Militia of Illinois. DID NOT SEE COMBAT. Served during the Black Hawk War burying the dead after the battles ended. Elected to the rank of Captain, but re-enlisted as a private.
The following presidents were not in the military: John Adams, John Quincy Adams, Martin Van Buren, Grover Cleveland, William Taft, Woodrow Wilson, Warren Harding, Calvin Coolidge, Herbert Hoover, Franklin Roosevelt, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama.
Of This group, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama deserve special mention. Both Clinton and Obama have and are actively working to undermine and destroy our military. They apparently want our nation weakened and subject to invasion.
Clinton is shown wearing the only uniform he was ever photographed in – his high school band uniform. Some of his supporters say he exercised “draft avoidance,” a legal means of avoiding the draft during Vietnam. Clinton, however, used political influence to evade the draft, then left the U.S. for England to become a Rhodes Scholar. I think I am correct in calling him a draft-dodger – a reprehensible excuse for a man who wanted to become President and possibly Commander-in-Chief.
Many of those who served in the military during Vietnam were strongly opposed to the war but when the nation called, they answered the call and served honorably. Clinton ran to a foreign country thus bringing disgrace on himself and the office of President. http://www.1stcavmedic.com/bill-clinton-draft.htm
Obama is also shown wearing the only uniform he was ever photographed in – some type of Muslim crap.Both Clinton and Obama are, in my opinion, total disgraces to the U.S. and especially to the memories and legacies of former presidents who risked life and limb honorably serving our republic in some type of military uniform.