George Stanley McGovern is a former U.S. Representative, U.S. Senator,
and the Democratic Party nominee in the 1972 presidential election.
He volunteered for the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II and as a
B-24 Liberator pilot flew 35 missions over German-occupied Europe. He
was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for making a hazardous
emergency landing of his damaged plane and saving his crew.
After the war, McGovern obtained degrees from Dakota Wesleyan University
and Northwestern University, earning a Ph.D, becoming a history professor.
Lieutenant McGovern in front of his B-24, the Dakota Queen.
President John F. Kennedy and George McGovern in 1961