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The Lost Kennedy Brother Joseph Patrick Kennedy, Jr.

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Good obscure history, great for JFK buffs!! "Great Job"The Lost Kennedy Brother The Kennedys may well be the most photographed, written about, andcontroversial family in American history, more so than the Hearsts and Rockefellerscombined. Not only have they been prominent in recent American history, but in ournation's pop culture as well. When one thinks of the Kennedy brothers, certain imagescome to mind. Jack. The young and energetic President who was savagely killed. Bobby.The natural heir to the Kennedy throne who met a similar fate as his older brother. Ted.Never quite reaching the White House, he has nontheless made a name for himself as amajor politician in the Senate. What many people are seemingly unaware of is that there existed another Kennedybrother, the eldest of the four. His name was Joseph Patrick Kennedy, Jr., named after hisfather and two years older than JFK. He was the son that his father had planned onmolding to one day be President, not Jack. If not for Joe Jr.'s terrible fate, it would havemost likely been him, and not JFK as our commander-in-chief. The Kennedy household was a patriarchy ruled by Joe Senior. He ruled with aniron fist and recieved deep respect, fear, and love from his family in return. Besides takinga part in their educational development, Joe Sr. also encouraged his children to compete inmost everything against one another to win their father's favor. Out of this, a tense rivalryevolved between Joe Jr., and Jack, with the eldest son usually defeating the younger.Meanwhile, Joe Sr. did not hide the fact that Joe Jr. was his favorite son, molding him tobecome President to compensate for his failure to reach the White House. The spittingimage of his father, Joe Jr. was destined for greatness. The intense rivalry between Joe Jr.and Jack continued into their early twenties when they enlisted in the armed services forWorld War II; both in the Navy, but Joe Jr. enlisting under Aviation. While Joe Jr. was stuck patrolling the Atlantic in mostly inactive recconaissancemissions, Jack was made captain of a small PT boat in the Pacific war zone. On August 4,1943, a Japanese destroyer mysteriously plowed into the smaller American craft, splitting itin half. JFK managed to grab a drowning crew member, and swim three miles to an islandwith the sailor in tow, where they were rescued almost a week later. In short, the 'PT 109'incident made national headlines, and Jack was the newest hero of the American cause.Everyone in the family...

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