Nixon's Military Service
|During World War II, Nixon served in the United States Navy. He could have been exempt from military service because of his Quaker religion, but volunteered. He later said he hated Hitler and was horrified by the attack on Pearl Harbor. Nixon served as a Cargo Officer in the South Pacific theater. He rose to the rank of Lieutenant Commander and his superiors praised him as an excellent officer and leader. One interesting footnote about Nixon's Naval career is that he learned to play poker for the first time and quickly became known as the best poker player in the Navy, having apparently won almost $10,000 by war's end.|
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