George H.W. Bush is being remembered as a war hero. The 41st President passed away at the age of 94 on Friday. Bush was born June 12th, 1924, the son of Republican Senator Prescott Bush of Massachusetts. He graduated from Phillips Academy in Andover and joined the U.S. Navy on his 18th birthday. Bush is said to be the youngest pilot in the Navy to receive his wings. While flying combat missions in World War Two, he was shot down twice. He was honored with the Distinguished Flying Cross for heroism under fire.
Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev is praising the late George H.W. Bush for his role in ending the Cold War. Gorbachev was the last leader of the Soviet Union before it collapsed in 1991. Bush was president from 1989 to 1993 and signed a landmark arms control agreement with Gorbachev that significantly reduced both countries' nuclear arsenals. Gorbachev told Russia's Interfax news agency today that they worked together in times of great changes, and that the result was the end of the Cold War and the nuclear arms race. He called Bush "a genuine partner."