He was a lieutenant in the inactive Navy Reserve when he left the military in 1961. The American Campaign Medal, the World War II Victory Medal, the China Service Medal, and the National Defense Service Medal were among his honors. He also received the "dolphin" insignia as a submarine officer.
After leaving the military, Carter worked as a long-distance trucker before being elected governor of Georgia in 1966. In 1977, he became the first sitting president to visit Japan when he made a stop in Tokyo. After two terms in office, he retired to Plains.
Carter is one of only nine presidents to have been awarded both the Nobel Peace Prize and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The other eight people so honored are George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King Jr., Lyndon B. Johnson, Gerald R. Ford, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama.
Carter died on January 5, 2018 at 95 years old. He is survived by his wife, Rosalynn; three children, Laura, James Earl, and David Campbell; and four grandchildren.
He was born on July 15,1924 in Plains, Georgia and grew up in rural Georgia. His parents were farmers who owned their own land. He got his first job at the age of 16 as a file clerk with the Post Office Department.
Commander Johnson also possesses the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal and the World War II Victory Medal in addition to the Army Silver Star Medal. Johnson was honorably discharged from active duty on July 16, 1942. (President Roosevelt had issued an order prohibiting national lawmakers from serving in the military services.)
In a January 17, 1964, interview with NBC's "Today" show, Johnson said that he would have gone into the military service if he had been allowed to do so. He added that he believed that "every American should serve in our military forces if they are called upon."
As president, Johnson signed a law in April 1968 requiring all male citizens between the ages of 18 and 64 to register for selective service. The requirement applied to immigrants as well as native-born citizens. A person could be registered or not registered at any time during the year.
Those who were found acceptable for service could apply for a draft exemption. The government did not grant these exemptions lightly; they required a valid reason. For example, someone might be granted an exemption as a minister of religion or because they were enrolled as a student in an accredited school.
Those who refused to register would be guilty of a federal crime. The penalty was a fine or up to five years in prison.
He got an Air Medal for his service as an air gunner during WWII (he was a radio-gunner in the rear cockpit of a two-man Douglas SBD Dauntless dive-bomber in a US Marine squadron).
After the war he joined the US Navy, serving on the USS Franklin D. Roosevelt and then the USS John F. Kennedy, where he became friends with President John F. Kennedy. He also met Marilyn Monroe while filming The Misfits in Mexico City. In 1961 he played golf with John F. Kennedy before the last game of the American League Championship Series when Kennedy went up to the plate first. During this game he hit a ball out of the park but it was ruled that he had interfered with another player's throw - thus ending Detroit's season. After the game he visited with Kennedy in the locker room and offered his services if needed. In 1962 he toured Europe with Jackie Kennedy. In 1980 he appeared at the Republican National Convention wearing a JFK jacket.
During his career he has acted in more than 100 films, most recently 2012's The Monuments Men. He is best known for playing Kojak's father Lyle Brennan on TV from 1973 to 1978.
On February 24, 1981, he finally received it. Master Sergeant (later Staff Sergeant) Roy P. Benavides of the United States Army distinguished himself on May 2, 1968, while assigned to Detachment B56, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), 1st Special Forces, Republic of Vietnam. In order to draw enemy fire, Sgt. Benavides exposed himself to heavy machine gun and sniper fire to provide a safe landing zone for a helicopter evacuating his team's casualties. For this action he was awarded the Silver Star.
After returning home, he joined the Texas National Guard and was given an honorable discharge in 1989 after serving three years as a combat medic. He then went to work for Halliburton as a roustabout until 1996, when he started his own construction company.
In 2001, Benavides ran for Congress but lost the Republican primary to Pete Gallego who went on to win the general election. In 2002, Benavides tried again and this time he won the Republican primary easily before losing the general election to Democrat Ruben Hinojosa by a margin of 51 percent to 45 percent. In 2004, Benavides ran for Senate and this time he won the Republican primary without opposition before losing the general election to Democrat John Cornyn by a margin of 52 percent to 48 percent.