Veteran Republican Leader Bob Dole Dies

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BBC News:–  Bob Dole, a World War Two veteran who went on to be a long-time Republican senator and US presidential candidate, has died aged 98.

His death was announced in a statement from the Elizabeth Dole Foundation: “It is with heavy hearts we announce that Senator Robert Joseph Dole died early this morning in his sleep. At his death, at age 98, he had served the United States of America faithfully for 79 years.”

Earlier this year Dole had said that he was receiving treatment for lung cancer.

His political career was marked by a decade-long stint as the top Republican in the US Senate, and running unsuccessfully for the White House against Bill Clinton in 1996.

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But on 14 April 1945, Bob Dole was left for dead.

Despite his lack of combat experience, the young 10th Mountain Division lieutenant had been ordered to lead an attack on a German machine-gun post in northern Italy.

Three-quarters of his squad lay strewn on the battlefield. Running to help a fallen soldier, gunfire and enemy shells shattered Dole’s right arm and upper back.

Unconscious, an army sergeant rolled him to safety. He gave him a huge dose of morphine and painted an ‘M’ on his forehead – in Dole’s own blood – to stop passing medics giving a second, lethal hit.

“I gave him a shot because he’s gone,” the man told his commanding officer. “At least he’ll have some comfort.”

That Dole survived was a miracle. That he went on to rebuild his broken body, become the Republican Party’s longest serving senator and a presidential candidate was a tribute to his determination. Many believed the survival and determination were linked.

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