On Memorial Day weekend, when many of his fallen comrades were remembered throughout America for their service and sacrifice in World War II, former president George H.W. Bush was taken to the hospital in Maine due to low blood pressure and fatigue.
According to Jean Becker, Bush’s chief of staff, he will remain there for a few days where he will be monitored. Bush was admitted to a Houston hospital last month after a blood infection only a few days after his wife Barbara Bush’s funeral, according to CNN.
“I guess he partied too hard with the American Legion yesterday,” wrote Becker. “Darn it. President George H.W. Bush was taken to Southern Maine Health Care today after experiencing low blood pressure and fatigue.
“He likely will remain there for a few days for observation. The former president is awake and alert, and not in any discomfort,” wrote Becker.
On Saturday, Bush attended a pancake breakfast with veterans through the American Legion in Kennebunkport, Maine. One of his friends, retired Air Force Lieutenant General Brent Scowcroft, was national security adviser under him.
George H.W. Bush enlisted in the U.S. Navy on his 18h birthday, June 12, 1942. His initial rank was Seaman 2nd Class. His job in the Navy was as a pilot aboard the USS San Jacinto, flying Avener bombers.
Bush saw combat during his service with the 3rd and 5th Fleets. On September 2, 1944, he was assigned to take out a radio station in the Bonin Islands. His plane was hit by enemy fire.
He completed his strafing run on the Japanese installation before ditching his plane offshore from Chichi Jima, a Japanese-held island near Iwo Jima. Luckily, he was rescued by a Navy submarine before capture.
For his service, he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross as well as three Air Medals. He was later discharged as a lieutenant, according to Military.com.
Please take a moment with former President George H.W. Bush this Memorial Day to remember all the soldiers who have fought and died to keep our freedoms free. Be sure to read about a famous WWII War Memorial that has closed indefinitely from severe damages.