An Enduring Mystery About Bush 41’S WWII Escape From Death
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The enveloping fog extends even to Poppy Bush’s most sterling political symbol: his record as a war hero. On September 2, 1944, the plane he was piloting was hit by Japanese ﬁre during a bombing run over Chichi Jima, a small island in the Paciﬁc. Bush successfully parachuted to the ocean surface, where he was rescued. His two crew members perished.
A documentary ﬁlm about the rescue was aired as part of a 1984 Republican Convention tribute to Vice President Bush. And on September 2, 1984, forty years to the day of his doomed bombing mission, a ceremony was held at the Norfolk Naval Station, complete with a Navy band and an encomium from Navy Secretary John Lehman. Bush’s war service, Lehman declared, was the beginning of a career “which went on to mark some of the most remarkable achievements in the annals of American politics.”
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I’d heard this many moons ago.
It’s interesting that the “truth” always emerges.
Over time, one expects that “reports” will change. The human memory is very fallible.
I’ve read about experiments that demonstrate humans don’t remember squat. Throw in stress and they are worth even less.
That’s why video is so dispositive.
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