Fitz in the Morning: Troop Salute

US Presidents Who Have Served

Today we stop and think about the men who lead us, and helped shape this country into what it is from the very highest seat of leadership.  But I would like to use this troop salute to honor those presidents who served in our nation’s military. We all know about the exploits of General George Washington and his decisive leadership largely responsible for the military victory of a “rag-tag” group of colonials over the world’s best trained and equipped military force in the world. But Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, and Andrew Jackson also served in the Revolutionary War. Jackson also served in the War of 1812 along with William Henry Harrison, John Tyler, Zachary Taylor and James Buchanan. We honor James K. Polk, Millard Fillmore, and Franklin Pierce as well as Abraham Lincoln’s service as a Captain in the Illinois State Militia. Andrew Johnson, Ulysses S. Grant, Rutherford B. Hayes, James Garfield, Chester A. Arthur, and Benjamin Harrison were all Generals during the Civil War where William McKinley was a Major. Teddy Roosevelt led men into battle as a Colonel leading the “Rough Riders” in the Spanish-American War and Roosevelt is the only US President to receive the Medal of Honor for his military courage and bravery. Harry S. Truman served as a Colonel, while Dwight D. Eisenhower was one of the few 5 star generals in history as Supreme Allied Commander in Europe during WWII.  John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard Nixon, and Gerald Ford all saw battle in WWII as officers. Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan served during WWII as well. George H.W. Bush’s Service record includes famously being shot down over the sea as a Naval Aviator in World War II and his son George W. Bush served out country in the National Guard.