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Richard Nixon in Uniform

Richard Nixon in Uniform

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Richard Nixon in Uniform

Richard M. Nixon joined the Navy in June 1942 and served mainly in naval air transport in the South Pacific. Vice Admiral J.H. Newton cited Nixon’s service in the Solomon Island Campaign, commenting he “made possible the immediate supply by air of vital material and key personnel, and the prompt evacuation of battle casualties from these stations to rear areas.” By the war's end, Nixon had achieved the rank of lieutenant commander; he left the navy for the naval reserve in March 1946.

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