U.S. Presidents (POTUS) in World War II & Korean War
List of U.S. Presidents who served in the Pacific prewar and during World War II and the Korean War.
Franklin D. Roosevelt
32nd President of the United States of America (USA) elected and served four terms 1933–1945.
Harry S. Truman
33rd President of the United States 1933–1945.
Dwight D. Eisenhower
U.S. Army. Prewar, General MacArthur staff in the Philippines and learned to fly with the Philippine Army Air Corp (PAAC) at Zablan Field. Became the 34th President of the United States (POTUS).
John F. Kennedy
U.S. Navy Lt(jg) captain PT
109 sunk August 2, 1943 swam to safety and rescued his crew. Became the 35th President of the United States (POTUS).
Lyndon B. Johnson
Appointed to the U.S. Navy (USN) with the rank of Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve (USNR) and was serving as a congressman in the U.S. House of Representatives. On June 9, 1942 passenger aboard B-26 "Heckling Hare" 40-1488 on a mission against Salamaua, but aborted the mission before reaching the target. Later, he earned the Silver Star. Became the 36th President of the United States (POTUS).
Richard M. Nixon
U.S. Navy. Lt. Richard M. Nixon, Officer in Charge of the Combat Air Transport Command (CATC) on Nissan Airfield (Green Island). Became the 37th President of the United States (POTUS).
Gerald R. Ford, Jr.
U.S. Navy Lt(jg) Gerald R. Ford, Jr. was assigned to USS Monterey (CVL-26) between 1943-1945. Became the 38th President of the United States (POTUS).
Jimmy E. Carter, Jr.
U.S. Navy. During World War II as a midshipman at the United States Naval Academy (USNA) with sea duty and stateside service during 1946–1953 including the Korean War. Served in the U.S. Navy Atlantic Fleet and Pacific Fleet and submarines including USS K-1 (USS Barracuda). Became the 39th President of the United States (POTUS).
Ronald W. Reagan
Hollywood actor and future U.S. President. During World War II, Regan was featured in wartime training films including the wartime training film Recognition of the Japanese Zero Fighter (1943) playing the role of a U.S. Army Air Force P-40 Warhawk pilot Lt. Jimmy Saunders. Became the 40th President of the United States (POTUS).
George H. W. Bush
U.S. Navy and future U.S. President became one of the youngest Naval aviators. On September 2, 1944 pilot TBM Avenger 46214 ditched off Chi Chi Jima and rescued by USS Finback (SS-230). Became the 41st President of the United States (POTUS).