JFK’s favorite pet in the White House was a Welsh Terrier called “Jack’s dog.” Jackie gave the dog to JFK during the presidential campaign.
His interest in history and government was intensified by a trip to England in 1937.
His father was recalled as U.S. ambassador to the United Kingdom in 1940 after he publicly expressed doubts that the British could defeat Germany.
He wrote his senior thesis on why Great Britain was unprepared for war titled “Why England Slept.’’
He tried to join the U.S. Army in April 1941 but was rejected because of his back injury.
JFK joined the Navy after graduating from Harvard. He worked in the Navy’s intelligence branch.
After the attack on Pearl Harbor, he requested active service and was made a lieutenant and sent to the Pacific theater of war.
He was made commander of PT 109, a patrol torpedo boat that was later sliced in two near Solomon Islands by a Japanese destroyer.
Kennedy swam 3.5 miles to an island with a wounded sailor on his back after PT 109 was sunk.
When two islanders found the crew, Kennedy etched a hidden message in a coconut that the islanders, at great peril, got to an Australian coastwatcher.