those who served their country

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    Richard Gephardt: Air National Guard, 1965-71.
    David Bonior: Staff Sgt., Air Force 1968-72.
    Tom Daschle: 1st Lt., Air Force SAC 1969-72.
    Al Gore: enlisted Aug. 1969; sent to Vietnam Jan.1971 as an army journalist in 20th Engineer Brigade.
    Bob Kerrey: Lt. j.g. Navy 1966-69; Medal of Honor, Vietnam.
    Daniel Inouye: Army 1943-'47; Medal of Honor, WWII.
    John Kerry: Lt., Navy 1966-70; Silver Star, Bronze Star with Combat V Purple Hearts.
    John Edwards: did not serve.
    Charles Rangel: Staff Sgt., Army 1948-52; Bronze Star, Korea.
    Max Cleland: Captain, Army 1965-68; Silver Star & Bronze Star, Vietnam.
    Ted Kennedy: Army, 1951-1953.
    Tom Harkin: Lt., Navy, 1962-67; Naval Reserve, 1968-74.
    Jack Reed: Army Ranger, 1971-1979; Captain, Army Reserve 1979-91.
    Fritz Hollings: Army officer in WWII, receiving the Bronze Star and seven campaign ribbons.
    Leonard Boswell: Lt. Col., Army 1956-76; Vietnam, DFCs, Bronze Stars, and Soldier's Medal.
    Pete Peterson: Air Force Captain, POW. Purple Heart, Silver Star and Legion of Merit.
    Mike Thompson: Staff sergeant, 173rd Airborne, Purple Heart.
    Bill McBride: Candidate for Fla. Governor. Marine in Vietnam; BronzeStar with Combat V.
    Gray Davis: Army Captain in Vietnam, Bronze Star.
    Pete Stark: Air Force 1955-57
    Chuck Robb: Vietnam
    Howell Heflin: Silver Star
    George McGovern: Silver Star & DFC during WWII.
    Bill Clinton: Did not serve. Student deferments. Entered draft but received a 311.
    Jimmy Carter: Seven years in the Navy.
    Walter Mondale: Army 1951-1953
    John Glenn: Officer, USAF. WWII and Korea; six DFCs and Air Medal with 18 Clusters.
    Tom Lantos: Served in Hungarian underground in WWII. Saved by Raoul Wallenberg.
    Wesley Clark: U.S. Army, 1966-2000, West Point,Vietnam, Purple Heart, Silver Star. Retired 4-star general.
    John Dingell: WWII vet
    John Conyers: Army 1950-57, Korea


    Dennis Hastert: did not serve.
    Tom Delay: did not serve.
    House Whiip Roy Blunt: did not serve.
    Bill Frist: did not serve.
    Rudy Giuliani: did not serve.
    George Pataki: did not serve.
    Mitch McConnell: did not serve.
    Rick Santorum: did not serve.
    Trent Lott: did not serve.
    Dick Cheney: did not serve. Several deferments, the last by marriage.
    John Ashcroft: did not serve. Seven deferments to teach business.
    Jeb Bush: did not serve.
    Karl Rove: did not serve.
    Saxby Chambliss: did not serve. "Bad knee." The man who attacked Max Cleland's patriotism.
    Paul Wolfowitz: did not serve.
    Vin Weber: did not serve.
    Richard Perle: did not serve.
    Douglas Feith: did not serve.
    Eliot Abrams: did not serve.
    Richard Shelby: did not serve.
    Jon Kyl: did not serve.
    Tim Hutchison: did not serve.
    Christopher Cox: did not serve.
    Newt Gingrich: did not serve.
    Don Rumsfeld: served in Navy (1954-57) as aviator and flight instructor.
    George W. Bush: six-year National Guard commitment (incomplete).
    Ronald Reagan: due to poor eyesight, served in a non-combat role making movies.
    Gerald Ford: Navy, WWII
    Phil Gramm: did not serve.
    John McCain: Silver Star, Bronze Star, Legion of Merit, Purple Heart and Distinguished Flying Cross.
    Bob Dole: an honorable veteran. Two purple hearts.
    Chuck Hagel: two Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star,Vietnam.
    Jeff Sessions: Army Reserves, 1973-1986
    J.C. Watts: did not serve.
    Lindsey Graham: National Guard lawyer.
    George H. W. Bush: Pilot in WWII. Shot down by the Japanese.
    Tom Ridge: Bronze Star for Valor in Vietnam.
    Antonin Scalia: did not serve
    Clarence Thomas: did not serve
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