Capt. Joe Foss was a Marine fighter pilot at the battle of Guadalcanal. He shot down 26 Japanese planes. Congress awarded him the Medal of Honor. Not a bad start, but he went on to many other accomplishments.
He was twice Governor of South Dakota.
He was the Commissioner of the American Football League.
He was President of the National Rifle Association.
He and his wife founded a non-profit organization to teach patriotism to children. That’s one is his legacy, and it is ongoing.
It’s the kind of thing that was possible for an American farm boy.
The story of Joe Foss’s life is a story of human endeavor so great and so accomplished that it defies exaggeration. His has been a life of courage, independence, honesty, determination, and patriotism.
–Senator John McCain