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Benhurst Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-14-07 02:43 PM
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12. I started of as an army brat. It was always my understanding that
one did not salute when not in uniform.

The president, although Commander in Chief, is never in uniform, emphasizing
civilian control over the military. Even though Bush strutted around after his flight, he was not strictly in uniform, and I never recall seeing Eisenhower in one, war hero that he was. And I do not recall Eisenhower as president ever returning a salute.

To the best of my knowledge Reagan, who fought heroically on the back lots of Hollywood during WWII, was the first to do so.

If anyone knows more about this, I would appreciate being corrected, if wrong, along with links, if possible.
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