Bob Dole -One of America’s most enduring politicians-passed away 10 months after revealing that he was battling lung cancer.
According to his wife, the Republican from Kansas died in his sleep early on Sunday morning. Elizabeth Dole. Her foundation issued a statement about his death, emphasizing his 79 years of political service.
Dole was not only a U.S. Senator from Kansas, but also a Medal-winning Army veteran, U.S. representative and candidate for vice president, and later became president.
In February, Dole announced that he had been diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. He said: “Although I definitely have some obstacles in front of me, I also know that I am like millions of Americans who face their own major health challenges.”
Dole enlisted in the army in 1942 and participated in World War II. In a battle in Italy, he was seriously injured under enemy fire-his right arm, collarbone and spine were damaged, and he was eventually transferred to a hospital in Kansas.
Although he overcame a series of injuries, his right arm never recovered fully and his left arm was numb. His service has won 2 Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star.
He won his first national political election when he ran for the House of Representatives in 1951 and became a U.S. Senator in 1969. He will remain in the Senate until his resignation in 1996.
Dole ran for the Republican presidential nomination in 1980 and 1988, but lost to Ronald Reagan with George H.W. Bush.
In today’s age of intense bipartisan cooperation, this seems shocking, but after the Republican idol’s retirement… the president Bill Clinton He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Dole received this honor in January 1997 for his outstanding contributions to the military and American politics.