Was Ronald Reagan a True American Hero?

Whether or not you agree with his politics, US President Ronald Reagan's bravery as a young man has led many people to consider him a true American hero. During his seven summers as a lifeguard, he was credited with rescuing 77 people from drowning deaths. Starting in 1926 at age 15, Reagan began working as a lifeguard in Dixon, Illinois. He continued each summer up until he graduated from Eureka College in 1932 with a degree in Economics and Sociology. After that, he stopped working as a summer lifeguard and got a full time job as a sports broadcaster for a radio station in Davenport, Iowa.

More about Ronald Reagan:

  • Before he entered politics, Reagan had been a successful actor for over 20 years. Reagan appeared in 53 motion pictures and served as President of the Screen Actors Guild from 1947 to 1952 and from 1959 to 1960.
  • Reagan is the only US President to have ever been divorced. First Lady Nancy Reagan was his second wife; they married in 1952 after Reagan's first marriage to actress Jane Wyman ended in 1948.
  • A 6,000-pound (2,721.55 kg) section of Germany‚Äôs Berlin Wall was given to Reagan in honor of his efforts to persuade Soviet and East German officials to tear down the wall.
More Info: National Public Radio

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Very informative post from two perspectives: Knowing about a successful, heroic president's private life, and also about the English in which it has been written.---Dr. Naquib

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