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"The military did a lot more for me than I ever did for the military." (Video interview, 27:48)

   John William Warner
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John Warner [detail from video]
War: World War, 1939-1945; Korean War, 1950-1953
Branch: Navy; Marine Corps
Unit: 1st MAW (Marine Aircraft Wing)
Service Location: Great Lakes, Illinois; Bayonne, New Jersey; also: Quantico, Virginia; Parris Island, South Carolina; El Toro, California; Pohang, Korea
Rank: Electronics Technician's Mate Third Class; Captain
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John William Warner’s military service spanned two different branches and two different decades. Enlisting in the Navy in early 1945 at the age of 17, he served stateside during World War II. He transitioned to the Marine Corps during the Korean War, and served with the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing (MAW) near Pohang, Korea. Earning both his college and law degrees using the GI Bill, he went on to serve as Secretary of the Navy and a five-term Senator from Virginia. Along with the sense of personal responsibility that his military training helped him to develop, he points to the GI Bill as a main factor in his later achievements.

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Hearing about Pearl Harbor; wartime conditions in Washington, DC. (01:59) Getting parental consent to join the service at the age of 17; father told him to join the Navy; status of the war at the time he entered training. (02:11) Helping fellow sailors who couldn’t read or write; learning how interdependent you are in the military, despite background or level of education. (02:12)
Importance of military training and education in his achievements. (01:41) Use of the GI Bill to attend college; logistics of taking advantage of the educational benefits. (02:08) Receiving an overseas assignment in Korea. (01:19)
Using the GI Bill to go to law school. (01:41)  

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