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Ladies and gentlemen.
As many of you know our namesake was the 41 president of United States.
Less well remembered however is is incredible journey to that office.
Not long after Pearl Harbor.
-- elected to postpone college.
Then three days before his nineteenth birthday became the nineteenth and the youngest naval aviator in United States history.
He -- a torpedo squadron 51 and USS San Jacinto.
During World War II in the battle of Philippine -- 1 of the Pacific campaign's largest air battles.
During a later mission in September 1944.
Against Japanese -- installations this plane was hit by anti aircraft fire.
Despite damage he completed his attack then flew several miles out to sea before bailing out.
Rescued by the submarine USS -- back.
You -- return to San Jacinto.
And participated in for the combat operations until his squadron was rotated home.
Having completed 58 combat missions earning the distinguished flying cross and three air medals.
He -- serving until the end of the war.
-- and he then answered Yale University.
Graduating this short two and a half years later in 1948.
Acting captain Yale university's baseball team and playing in the first two college World Series.
Answering business upon his return to Texas he later served as a member of the House of Representatives.
As US ambassador to United Nations as director of central intelligence.
And is Ronald Reagan's vice president.
Ladies and gentlemen it is my great honor and privilege to introduce the honorable George Herbert Walker Bush.
All of a distinguished guests here.
I want to single out captain of clarity -- a great man he is and how lucky we are and in command of the ship.
To forgive and old navy -- a little reminiscing.
Being here in this ceremony.
Takes me back 65 years to another commission.
This -- on the shipyards of Philadelphia.
The USS Santa -- The light carrier upon which Mike crewmates for very few rumor with us today and I are preparing to serve in World War II.
Speaking of -- many -- -- -- with this I feel like Phyllis Diller when she said all my friends are dying in alphabetical order.
-- being here and there.
If you memories of that -- today December 15.
First and foremost it was during that trip to Philadelphia.
That I gave my fiance.
And his certain Barbara Pierce to -- new York and engagement ring.
That should come down for the ceremony when my mother and we don't exist that we made her engagement public.
-- -- so we got a pretty good job keeping our romance a secret.
But Qaeda -- courtship that was possible and Germans and the Japanese.
Were the only people who didn't know we're -- to get married.
The other memory that stands out from this first commissioning.
Was the fact that -- was thought that the -- Jack was by far the biggest ship.
Or anything else that ever saying that 660.
Feet long and 120 feet high -- an impressive figure to be sure.
-- this -- it really cannot compare.
Almost twice as long with a four point five acre landing field that tower that it's a deceptive funny stories above the -- line.
In the future that a few of -- -- granddaughters in particular would really like.
That's right onboard this carrier there -- mind boggling 14100.
For all of this special announcements this carries received however for all over the state of the art technology.
And environmental features most important element.
We'll finally be -- headed today in the form of the men and women who was serving aboard this floating naval air station.
Those are sitting out there where I was 65 years ago.
Preparing to serve aboard your initiative that would -- a center right out there with.
Ready to start the adventures from my -- really vision vision aviation career all over.
I don't know if I could have handled -- jets -- -- today.
But -- you prepared to -- this ship right you know that you take with you.
The hopes and dreams of every American who -- -- freedom and peace.
And you take with -- -- undying respect and admiration for the entire bush bad.
Just a few moments and I would take part in helping to set the first watch.
For CVN 77 and from that moment on.
Until this ship is officially retired many many years from now.
-- form an unbroken line of patriots protecting this specialties American character.
This settlement who has stood that watch.
He remembered the quiet solitude of that experience.
I know you'll find comfort and inspiration.
Particularly in the night sky.
For his -- in the -- this started to truly understand.
The majesty of creation and bear witness.
-- -- -- -- -- Make no mistake.
The work aboard this ship will be routinely -- don't.
And sometimes dangerous and that the freedom we -- in the peace we desire and only me.
You make every day test you for.
So thank you for your service and good luck to each and every one of you.
May god bless the men and women who -- and CVN 77.
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