World War II hero and former Senator Bob Dole endorsed Donald Trump for president on Friday.
Dole, one of a dwindling number of veterans who fought in the greatest military conflict in the world’s history, made it clear that he believes the party must unite in order to defeat Hillary Clinton in November.
According to McClatchy DC, Dole said:
“The voters of our country have turned out in record numbers to support Mr. Trump,” Dole said in the statement. “It is important that their votes be honored and it is time that we support the party’s presumptive nominee, Donald J. Trump.”
In April of 1945, 2d Lt. Dole & his platoon were fighting on the front lines in the Apennine mountains in Italy.
His platoon was ordered to take a heavily fortified hill. After an aerial bombardment, Dole’s men moved in. The Germans had survived the bombardment and counterattacked the advancing Americans. Dole’s platoon was being mowed down. He needed to radio for reinforcements, but his radioman had been hit.
As Dole was dragging his radioman to safety, he was hit by machine gun fire in his back and right arm. He “drifted in and out of consciousness.” His men, not believing he would make it, gave him as much morphine as they thought he could handle, and wrote an M on his forehead with his own blood (This so other soldiers who encountered him would know he had been given all the morphine his body could take. Any more would be fatal). Dole was eventually evacuated. When he arrived stateside, he recovered from his wounds at Percy Jones Army Hospital.
Dole received two Purple Hearts, and the Bronze Star “with combat “V” for valor for his attempt to assist a downed radioman.”
After valiantly fighting for his country, his men, and for freedom, it’s easy to see how Dole could view the current division in GOP ranks over Donald Trump as petty. Pretty sure the message this war hero is sending to those like Ryan and Romney who oppose Trump is, “time to suck it up, men!”
Nothing like having a WWII combat hero on your side. Hopefully Trump’s detractors won’t demean him like they did this triple-amputee Iraq War vet.
But of course, sometimes our hope is misguided: