Sailor Turned Senator

Posted October 24, 2007 at 1:44pm

[IMGCAP(1)] Sen. John Warner (R-Va.), pictured above, is one of only five World War II veterans still serving in the Senate. Warner is retiring at the end of the 110th Congress, but not before picking up at least one more honor. On Monday, the United States Navy Memorial will present Warner and three other veterans with the Lone Sailor Award honoring their distinguished service to the country and the community. Warner enlisted in January 1945, just before his 18th birthday, and served on active duty until the summer of 1946 when he was honorably discharged as petty officer 3rd class, electronic technician’s mate. He served as secretary of the Navy from 1972 to 1974.