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WWII veterans in Congress

With the death of Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) this morning, there are no longer any World War II veterans serving in the Senate.

WWII veterans in Congress

Reps. John Dingell of Michigan (left) and Ralph Hall of Texas are the last World War II veterans in Congress.
Reps. John Dingell of Michigan (left) and Ralph Hall of Texas are the last World War II veterans in Congress.

With the death of Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) this morning, there are no longer any World War II veterans serving in the Senate.

The remaining WWII veterans are both members of the House of Representatives. They are:

 

 

  • Rep. John Dingell, a Democrat from Michigan
  • Rep. Ralph Hall, a Republican from Texas

 

 

In addition to Lautenberg, the Senate has lost two other WWII veterans in recent months:

 

  • Daniel Inouye, a Democrat from Hawaii, died in December
  • Daniel Akaka, also a Democrat from Hawaii, retired in January

 

The current Congress has the fewest number of veterans overall since World War II.

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