Some famous U.S. Navy veterans include ex-President John F. Kennedy and U.S. Senator John McCain. President John F. Kennedy served with the Navy during World War II, while John McCain served during the Vietnam war.
John F. Kennedy joined the U.S. Navy after graduating from Harvard University and was a commander of a patrol torpedo boat that the Japanese rammed in 1943. Kennedy saved the life of another sailor and led his troops to an island, actions which prompted the military to award him both a Purple Heart and Navy and Marine Corps Medal. John F. Kennedy became a member of the U.S. House of Representatives in 1946, a U.S. Senator in 1952, and president of the United States in 1960. He died by assassination in 1963.
John McCain served as a pilot in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam war and spent 5 1/2 years as a prisoner of war, who his captors beat and tortured. McCain gained his freedom in 1973, and the military awarded him the Silver Star, Bronze Star, Purple Heart and Distinguished Flying Cross. He became a member of the U.S. House of Representatives in 1982 before moving on to become a U.S. senator from Arizona. John McCain lost the presidential election to Barack Obama in 2008.