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John F. Kennedy: A Life Of Abundance

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The dictionary meaning of a leader is someone who leads or commands a group, organization, or country. John F. Kennedy was known as a great leader and he was also known throughout the world for his heroic deeds. John F. Kennedy’s Assassination was a huge milestone in the past half century and it has affected many American lives. John F. Kennedy lived an abundant life including his younger years, his years in Congress, and his final days as President of the United States.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy, also known as Jack, was born on May 29, 1917 in Brooklyn, Massachusetts. John was named after his grandfather, John “Honeyfitz” Fitzgerald, who was the mayor of Boston. He was born to a wealthy ...view middle of the document...

In October of the same year, Kennedy was sent back to the United States because of health related illnesses. He was enrolled late as a student at Princeton University but was soon hospitalized at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital because he was ill. He took the rest of the year off of school and worked on a ranch, with his brother, in Arizona. In September 1936, he enrolled at Harvard University. When he was an upperclassman he discovered an interest in Political Philosophy and in his junior year he made the Dean’s list. In 1940, he graduated from Harvard with a Bachelor of Science cum laude in international affairs.
A year after he graduated, he joined the U.S Navy. He wanted to join the Army, but due to lower chronic back injuries, he was unable and disqualified. His father, Joseph, was politically connected and he used his influence to get him into the service. John Kennedy was serving in the office of Secretary of the Navy when the attack at Pearl Harbor occurred. He attended a corps called the Naval Reserve Office Training Corps and he, voluntarily, entered the Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron Training Center in Melville, Rhode Island.
He was later assigned duty in Panama, and also at the Pacific Theater. While he was here, he earned the title of lieutenant and he was given his own Patrol Torpedo Boat, also known as a PT. On August 2, 1943, John and his patrol men, PT-109, were on night time duties alongside PT- 162 and PT- 169, in New Georgia on the Solomon Islands, when their boats were bombarded by the Japanese destroyer, Amagiri. Once John gathered up all the surviving me, he asked them if they wanted to fight or surrender, asking this, “There’s nothing in the book about a situation like this. A lot of you men have families and some of you have children. What do you want to do? I have nothing to lose.” (Donovan 2001, pp.106-107)
After John asked this question, the men decided to shun surrender and they swam to the nearest islands. Some of the men that escaped were injured. Kennedy towed a hurt crewman, despite his own back injuries, all the way to the island. Later, when the crew had to move to another island, he carried the same man all the way there. Once they swam to the second...

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