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Naval Aviator


The George Bush Presidential Library and Museum is a proud sponsor of the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV) at Texas A&M University's Mays Business School. The EBV initiative offers cutting edge, experiential training in entrepreneurship and small business management to soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines disabled as a result of their service supporting operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.

Bush was a veteran, having served as a Naval aviator in World War II flying Avenger torpedo bombers in the Pacific. At the time he was the youngest Navy pilot in World War II to earn his wings, and he went on to fly 58 combat missions, had 126 carrier landings and logged 1,228 hours of flight time. Bush was shot down Sept. 2, 1944 during a bombing mission over a Japanese radio station at Chi Chi Jima in the Bonin Islands; Bush's crew didn’t survive, but he parachuted to safety and was later rescued by the submarine USS Finback. For his service in World War II Bush received the Distinguished Flying Cross, three Air Medals and the Presidential Unit Citation awarded to his carrier the USS San Jacinto.

Bush was an entrepreneur, a successful and pioneering Texas oilman, first on land and then offshore in the Gulf of Mexico. After World War II, Bush moved to Midland, Texas with Barbara, his wife, and George W., their son. Bush was a founding partner in the Zapata Petroleum Company, and later contributed to the development and use of the innovative independent leg offshore jack-up rig Scorpion launched by LeTourneau in 1955. His success in the oil industry enabled him to focus on public service.

The Bush Library and Museum is proud to help America's heroes become successful business leaders. Find out more about the EBV program at Mays Business School at ebv.tamu.edu.

The Bush Library and Museum also sponsors and supports other worthwhile events and organizations in the Bryan-College Station community such as KBTX Media's Food For Families Food Drive, the Junior League's Stuff the Bus campaign, the Chamber of Commerce and Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Click Here for information about community, literacy program, and education and research grants available through the George Bush Presidential Library Foundation.

George Bush Presidential Library and Museum
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