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George H.W. Bush to be buried dressed in a special pair of socks honoring his Navy service

Junie Sihlangu
Dec 04, 2018
10:57 A.M.

On Monday, the late George H.W. Bush’s spokesman took to Twitter to reveal that the former president would go to his final resting place in a unique pair of socks.

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The socks would honor his “lifetime of service” which began when he was 18. He served as a Navy pilot in World War II.

In his later years, former President George H.W. Bush, 94, was known for his colorful socks. This occurred when he was diagnosed with a form of Parkinson's disease in 2007.

Using a wheelchair to get around meant his socks were always visible. His spokesman Jim McGrath tweeted a photo of the socks which depicted naval aviator wings and a squadron of jets.

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For more on this story go to our Twitter account @amomama_usa. He captioned the image:

"The 41st President will be carried to his final rest wearing socks that pay tribute to his lifetime of service, starting as an 18-year-old naval aviator in war.”

In 1941, Bush enlisted in the military when he was 18. His enlistment happened six months after the attack on Pearl Harbor.

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Bush was one of the Navy's youngest pilots at the time. In 1944, he was shot down over the Pacific in an attack that killed two other airmen on his plane.

The fearless pilot was eventually rescued by a US submarine. Bush was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Presidential Unit Citation, and three Air Medals for acts of heroism during his military career.

In his later years, he once told his granddaughter and TODAY correspondent Jenna Bush Hager that "I love a good sock." He called himself the “sock man.”

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Bush stated: “I’m a self-proclaimed sock man. The louder, the brighter, the crazier the pattern – the better.” In 2013, the former president wore bright pink socks at a presidential library dedication for his son.

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That same year, he wore a red pair with his own face on them while accepting an award from the Lyndon B. Johnson Foundation in Houston. The politician even wore a pair that honored his loyal service dog, Sully.

On Sunday night, the dog was pictured lying in front of Bush's flag-draped casket. In April at his wife’s funeral, Bush wore socks designed to have books to honor her for her love of reading.

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In June, during a meeting with former President Bill Clinton, Bush wore socks that featured the 42nd president's likeness. On Monday, a memorial service was held for the politician.

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He will lie in state in the Rotunda at the US Capitol until Wednesday morning where a service in Washington, D.C. will be held at the National Cathedral. On Thursday, a second memorial will be held at St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Houston.

He will be buried on the grounds of the George Bush Presidential Library & Museum at Texas A&M University. The former president will be buried alongside his wife Barbara, 92, and their daughter, Robin, who died in 1953 from leukemia when she was 3-years-old.

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Bush was the 41st American President. He passed away late on Friday at his home in Houston surrounded by his family.

His passing was announced by his son and fellow Republican, former President George W. Bush.

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