Last week, we lost a war hero and a prime example of an American patriot. Bob Dole, a former senator, and World War II veteran passed away on December 5, 2021. His career touched the lives of all of those around him and the soldiers who served by his side.
Dole began his military service in 1942, where he went on to serve in the light infantry group of the United States Army called the 10th Mountain Division. Dole was deployed in Italy in 1942, where he was seriously wounded by a German shell after it exploded and hit him in the back and arm. It destroyed his collarbone and part of his spine. He was paralyzed from the neck down when he was transported to a Kansas hospital.
Instead of complaining about what he lost, Dole continued to live on with his injuries and was grateful for what he had. He received awards for his time in the military such as the Purple Heart and Bronze Star for his outstanding service. He then went on to begin his political career in 1951 when he served as a member of the Kansas House of Representatives. After serving there until 1953, Dole then took another job in his county as an attorney. Bob Dole made his strive for federal office in 1961, where he served in Congress representing Kansas from 1961-1969. During his time in the House, he was a vocal supporter of civil rights. Dole voted in favor of the Civil Rights Acts of 1964 and 1968 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. He understood what it meant to be discriminated against, and knew that participating in American democracy could help people. After his service in the House, Dole ran and served in the United States Senate for 30 more years. He resigned from the senate in 1996 to focus on his Presidential campaign. Dole went on to win the Republican nomination and would go against Bill Clinton in the 1996 presidential election. He did end up losing to Clinton, but he still left a legacy to all the people who believed in him. Bob Dole symbolized what it meant to be an American. There is no requirement to live in America, that is the way it is meant to be. America is here for people who are looking to create their lives into something meaningful. Bob Dole did what he could with what he had. He pushed himself to his full potential and used his gifts to serve others who have suffered, as he did.