John F. Kennedy's Early Life

Early Life Kennedy was born in Brookline, Massachusetts on May 29, 1917. He was a descendent of an Irish background family who were mostly Catholics, and most of which had immigrated to America during the 19th century. Kennedy graduated from Choate School in Wallingtord, Conn. He briefly attended Princeton University he later attended Harvard University in 1936. He graduated from Harvard in 1940. During World War he was assigned to a PT boat squadron in 1942. He was later assigned his own boat. His boat was to patrol off the Solomon Islands in the South Pacific. Just a little after midnight on August. 2, 1943, a Japanese destroyer sunk his PT boat. The next morning, Kennedy ordered his men to swim to a nearby island. With a bad back injury he managed to tow one of his crew to the island it was a five hour swim. He would swim in the water for hours looking for help. He finally persuaded friendly locals of the island to go get help. The crew was saved on August 7th. He was given a Purple Heart for his back injury and the Navy and Marine Corps Medal. In December 1943 he was returned back to the United States. He was Suffering from malaria and his back injury was giving him a lot of pain.

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