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U.S. Presidents and their military service

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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George Washington. Rank: General of the Army. Served in the Virginia Militia and Continental Army during combat in the French and Indian War and Revolutionary War.





Dwight D. Eisenhower. Rank: General of the Army. Supreme Commander of the Allied Invasion of Europe, primarily the Battles for Normandy, France and Germany during WWII.





Ulysses S. Grant. Rank: General of the Army. Combat during Civil War and Mexican/American War.





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.





William H. Harrison. Rank: Major General, U.S. Army. Northwest Indian War, War of 1812. Became a national hero after success in combat at the Battle of the Thames.





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.





Rutherford B. Hayes. Rank: Brevet Major General of Volunteers, U.S. Volunteer Army, Civil War. Wounded at the Battle of South Mountain. Successfully led troops in the Virginia, West Virginia Region.





James A. Garfield. Rank: Brevet Major General of Volunteers, Civil War. His heroic ride at the Battle of Chickamauga later helped him to be elected President.





Franklin Pierce, Rank: Brigadier General of Volunteers, U.S. Army (State Militia, New Hampshire). Enlisted as a Private 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. 





Benjamin Harrison. Rank: Brevet Brigadier General of Volunteers State Militia Indiana (U.S. Army). Civil War Battle of Perryville, Atlanta Campaign and the Battle of Nashville.





Thomas Jefferson. Rank: Colonel Virginia Militia. SERVED WITHOUT SEEING COMBAT. Like other Virginia gentlemen, he had militia duties and did administrative work. 





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.





James K. Polk. Rank: Served as a Colonel in the State Militia of Tennessee in 1821 WITHOUT SEEING COMBAT. 





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. 





Harry S. Truman. Rank: Colonel, served in the U.S. Army in the 129th Field Artillery in WWI. Served in the Army Reserves from 1919 to 1953.





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. 





Richard Nixon. Rank: Commander, U.S. Navy during WWII. Served from 1942 to 1945 on various Islands in the South Pacific and commanded SCAT units in the South Pacific. 





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. 




Gerald Ford. Rank: Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy from 1942 to 1946. Served aboard the Light Aircraft Carrier U.S.S. Monterey where 10 Battle Stars were earned.





Millard Fillmore. Rank: Major Union Continentals (Home Guard), New York Militia. DID NOT SEE COMBAT. Served during the Civil War and the Mexican-American War after his departure from the Presidency.





John Tyler. Rank: Captain, State Militia of Virginia. Served in the War of 1812 and raised a company for the defense of Richmond in 1813.





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. 





John F. Kennedy. Rank: Lieutenant U.S. Navy during WWII. Commanded PT-109 where he earned the Purple Heart and the Navy and Marine Corps Medal for heroism.





Jimmy Carter. Rank: Lieutenant, U.S. Navy submarine service. DID NOT SEE COMBAT. Served during the Korean War but was never sent to Korea.





Ronald Reagan. Rank: Captain, U.S. Army. DID NOT SEE COMBAT. Was barred from combat because of poor eyesight.





George H.W. Bush. Rank: Lieutenant Junior Grade (LTJG), U.S. Navy during WWII. Youngest pilot in the war. Earned the Distinguished Flying Cross.





George W. Bush. Rank: First Lieutenant, Texas Air National Guard. DID NOT SEE COMBAT. Served as an F-102 Pilot logging 336 flight hours.





James Buchanan. Rank: Private in the Pennsylvania State Militia during the War of 1812. He was the only U.S. President who enlisted without going on to become an officer.





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.

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.



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Gray-haired brigade

I received the following email from my cousin in Michigan. I hope it will mean as much to you as it does to me.

Some of us are “Baby Boomers” are getting ready to retire. Others have been retired for some time. We walk a little slower these days and our eyes and hearing are not what they once were.

We have worked hard, raised our children, worshiped our God, and grown old together.

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Yes, we are the ones some refer to as being over the hill, and that is probably true. But before writing us off completely, there are a few things that need to be taken into consideration.

In school we studied English, history, math, and science, which enabled us to lead America into the technological age.

Most of us remember what outhouses were, and many of us have firsthand experience.

We remember the days of telephone party-lines, 25 cent gasoline, and milk and ice being delivered to our homes.

For those of you who don’t know what an icebox is, today they are electric and referred to as refrigerators.

A few even remember when cars were started with a crank.

Yes, we lived those days.

We are probably considered old fashioned and out-dated by many. But there are a few things you need to remember before completely writing us off.

We won World War II, fought in Korea and Viet Nam . We own guns and we remember how to sight and shoot. We can quote The Pledge of Allegiance, and know where to place our hand while doing so.

We wore the uniform of our country with pride and lost many friends on the battlefield.

We didn’t fight for the Socialist States of America, we fought for the “Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave.” We fought for the preservation of our Constitution.

We wore different uniforms but carried the same flag. We know the words to the Star Spangled Banner, America, and America the Beautiful by heart, and you may even see some tears running down our cheeks as we sing.

We have lived what many of you have only read about in history books and we feel no obligation to apologize to anyone for America.

Yes, we are old and slow these days but rest assured, we have at least one good fight left in us. We have loved this country, fought for it, and died for it, and now we are going to save it. It is our country and nobody is going to take it away from us.

We took oaths to defend America against all enemies, foreign and domestic, and that is an oath we plan to keep. There are those who want to destroy this land we love but, like our founders, there is no way we are going to remain silent.

It was the young people of this nation who elected Obama and the Democratic Congress.

You fell for the “Hope and Change” which in reality was nothing but “Hype and Lies.”

You have tasted socialism and seen evil face to face, and have found you don’t like it after all.

You make a lot of noise, but most are all too interested in their careers or “Climbing the Social Ladder” to be involved in such mundane things as patriotism and voting.

Many of those who fell for the “Great Lie” in 2008 are now having buyer’s remorse. With all the education we gave you, you didn’t have sense enough to see through the lies and instead drank the ‘Kool-Aid.’ Now, you’re paying the price and complaining about it. No jobs, lost mortgages, higher taxes, and less freedom. This is what you voted for and this is what you got.

We entrusted you with the Torch of Liberty and you traded it for a paycheck and a fancy house.

Well, don’t worry youngsters, the Gray Haired Brigade is here, and in 2012 we are going to take back our nation.

We may drive a little slower than you would like but we get where we’re going, and in 2012 we’re going to the polls by the millions. This land does not belong to the man in the White House nor to the likes of Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid. It belongs to “We the People” and “We the People” plan to reclaim our land and our freedom.

We hope this time you will do a better job of preserving it and passing it along to our grandchildren. So the next time you have the chance to say the Pledge of Allegiance, stand up, put your hand over your heart, honor our country, and thank God for the old geezers of the “Gray-Haired Brigade.”

Gray-Haired Brigade Member

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