Senator, astronaut, Marine—John Glenn's many achievements have distinguished him as a great American leader. He became a Marine following the attack on Pearl Harbor and proved himself a highly skilled combat pilot in WWII and the Korean War.
…We are intensely proud of their noble record and are glad to have had the whole world see how irresistible they are in their might when a cause which America holds dear is at stake. The whole nation has reason to be proud of them.
President Woodrow Wilson to MajGen George Barnett, 12th CMC, 14 Aug. 1919