Biography of John F.Kennedy

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Bio Of JFK

Biography of

John F.Kennedy

John F. Kennedy was the 35th president of the United States, as well as the youngest, the first Roman Catholic to be elected, and the first president born in the 20th century. Kennedy was born in Brookline, Massachusetts and was the second of nine children. Kennedy went to Canterbury School in New Milford, Connecticut but couldn't return when he fell ill. Later, Kennedy graduated from Choate Preparatory School in Wallingford, Connecticut. In 1935, Kennedy went to Princeton but once again fell ill. Kennedy finished his education at Harvard where he participated in many sports such as swimming, sailing, and football (he had to stop playing though because of a spinal injury).

After school Kennedy wanted to fight in World War II, however the army rejected him because of his spinal injury. After five months of special exercises Kennedy joined the navy. In 1943 Kennedy became the commander of a PT Boat 109 in the South Pacific.

The boat was sliced in half by Japanese destroyers and the eleven survivors held on to the wreckage and swam while Kennedy pulled one of his crew by clenching the strap of his life vest between his teeth to a small island. For the next four days, Kennedy swam along a water route he knew American ships used and found friendly natives on Cross Island. The natives took his message of help carved on a coconut to the U.S. Infantry Patrol. Kennedy and his crew were soon rescued. Kennedy was awarded the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps Medal for heroism not involving conflict with enemy.

In 1944, Kennedy's brother, Joseph was killed on a bombing mission over Belgium. Kennedy was a reporter at the time and decided to enter politics and became U.S. senator in place...