Who Served?

Do you see a pat­tern here?

The ref­er­enced web­site has ref­er­ences. Those I checked seemed solid.

Lots of chick­en­hawks on down this list.


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.
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; Bronze Star 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 311.
Jim­my Carter: Sev­en years in the Navy.
Wal­ter Mon­dale: Army 1951–1953
John Glenn: WWII and Korea;six DFCs and Air Medal with 18Clusters.
Tom Lan­tos: Served in Hun­gar­i­an under­ground in WWII. Saved by Raoul Wallenberg.


Den­nis Hastert: did not serve.
Tom Delay: did not serve.
Roy Blunt: did not serve.
Bill Frist: 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 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: failed to com­plete his six-year Nation­al Guard enlist­ment; got assigned to Alaba­ma so he could cam­paign for fam­i­ly friend run­ning for U.S. Sen­ate; failed to show up for required med­ical exam, dis­ap­peared from duty.
Ronald Rea­gan: due to poor eye­sight, served in a non-com­bat role mak­ing movies.
B‑1 Bob Dor­nan: Con­scious­ly enlist­ed after fight­ing was over in Korea.
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.
Chuck Hagel: two Pur­ple Hearts and a Bronze Star, Vietnam.
Duke Cun­ning­ham: nom­i­nat­ed for Medal of Hon­or, Navy Cross, Sil­ver Stars, Air Medals, Pur­ple Hearts.
Jeff Ses­sions: Army Reserves, 1973–1986
Col­in Pow­ell: Long career in mil­i­tary management.
Don Nick­les: Nation­al Guard, 1970–1976
Jim Inhofe, Army, 1954–1956
Dana Rohrabach­er: did not serve.
John M. McHugh: did not serve.
JC Watts: did not serve.
Jack Kemp: did not serve. “Knee,” although con­tin­ued in NFL for 8 years.
Dan Quayle: Jour­nal­ism unit of the Indi­ana Nation­al Guard.
Rudy Giu­liani: did not serve.
George Pata­ki: did not serve.
Spencer Abra­ham: did not serve.
John Engler: did not serve.
Lind­sey Gra­ham: Nation­al Guard lawyer.
Arnold Schwarzeneg­ger: AWOL from Aus­tri­an army base.
George H.W.; Bush: Pilot in WWII. Shot down by the Japanese.
Tom Ridge: Bronze Star for Val­or in Vietnam.
Sam John­son: Com­bat in Korea and Viet­nam, POW in Hanoi.
Ted Stevens: WWII pilot, DFCs, two Air Medals.
John Warn­er: Served in the Navy dur­ing WWII as a RM3
Heather Wil­son: Air Force 1978–1989
Ger­ald Ford: Navy, WWII 

Pundits & Preachers 

Sean Han­ni­ty: did not serve.
Rush Lim­baugh: did not serve (4‑F with a “pilonidal cyst.”)
Bill O’Reil­ly: did not serve.
Michael Sav­age: did not serve.
George Will: did not serve.
Chris Matthews: did not serve.
Paul Gig­ot: did not serve.
Bill Ben­nett: did not serve.
Pat Buchanan: did not serve.
John Wayne: did not serve.
Bill Kris­tol: did not serve.
Ken­neth Starr: did not serve.
Antonin Scalia: did not serve.
Clarence Thomas: did not serve.
Ralph Reed: did not serve.
Michael Medved: did not serve.
Char­lie Daniels: did not serve.
Ted Nugent: did not serve.

Cyn is Rick's wife, Katie's Mom, and Esther & Oliver's Mémé. She's also a professional geek, avid reader, fledgling coder, enthusiastic gamer (TTRPGs), occasional singer, and devoted stitcher.
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