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George McGovern

Before he was a celebrated politician, or even a college graduate, Senator George McGovern served as a B-52 bomber pilot in World War II. Based out of Italy, McGovern flew thirty-five combat missions over German-occupied Europe from 1943-44, earning the Distinguished Flying Cross for his ingenuity in the face of adversity. After the war, Sen. McGovern returned to his family and his studies, becoming a professor of history and political science in his native South Dakota. He left the academy to...See more