Remembering Service, Life of Robert Kennedy

Editor, News-Register:

As June 6, 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the tragic death of a truly great American, Robert Francis Kennedy (1925-1968), I would like to commemorate his sad passing by recollecting his wonderful life and outstanding career in service to our nation.

Mr. Kennedy’s service to our beloved nation began when he enlisted in the U.S. Naval Reserve, prior to his 18th birthday, to serve in World War II. Upon his honorable discharge from the service at the end of the war, Bobby, as he was affectionately known, attended and graduated from Harvard University and later the University of Virginia School of Law, earning his law degree.

In 1952, Bobby, then not yet 27 years of age, resigned from his position with the U.S. Justice Department in order to manage his brother’s (John F. Kennedy) successful campaign for the U.S. Senate representing Massachusetts, and following his brother’s election to the Senate, served as assistant counsel for the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, eventually transporting into the position of chief counsel fro the aforementioned subcommittee.

From 1959-1960 Mr. Kennedy served as a manager of his brother’s (John F. Kennedy) successful campaign which led to JFK’s election as the 35 president of our great nation, and served as a U.S. attorney general under President Kennedy and into the Johnson administration from 1961-1964.

Throughout his career in government on a myriad of levels, Mr. Kennedy was well-known and highly respected for his work ethic, dedication, sense of decency and advocacy on behalf of those most in need, and the aforementioned traits, as well as significant such others, helped endear him to the American people.

I often speculate as to how a Robert Kennedy presidency would have positively impacted our country, had it not been for him being murdered by an assassin, dying on June 6, 1968, following an electoral high point, his winning of the California Democratic primary in his presidential campaign. The eventual victor in the 1968 presidential election was Richard M. Nixon, who plunged our nation into an extended period of unprecedented turmoil.

The funeral train that took Senator Kennedy from St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City to his final resting place in Washington, D.C. was viewed by over two million mourners along its sorrow-filled journey.

I would like to conclude my memorializing of Mr. Kennedy with the words of the inspiring eulogy delivered by his brother, Senator Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts, at the funeral service: “My brother need not be idealized or enlarged in death beyond what he was in life, a good and decent man who saw wrong and tried to right it, saw suffering and tried to heal it, saw war and tried to end it.”

Richard Hord

Martins Ferry

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