President George Herbert Walker Bush plans to celebrate his 85th birthday with a sky-jump from his home in Kennebunkport, Maine. During WWII, the young Bush was one of the youngest pilots of that war at just 18 years of age after joining the Navy. In a heroic act, despite his plane on fire due to intense flak fire, he completed the bombing mission of a Japanese military installation on the Island of Chicijimi, which is 150miles North of Iwo Jima.
During the war, Bush flew a total of 58 combat missions, far more than many pilots of the war who only flew around 25 missions or even less if they lost lost their lives in combat.
It took intense bravery for such a young man like the 18 year old Bush to continue to attack Japanese military targets with his plane engine on fire from the ground Japanese flak fire. And during the war, many such stories of intense bravery exist. President Bush deserves high praise for his military service to this country and to enjoy a very happy 85th birthday sky-jump.