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    President John F. Kennedy addressing the press, circa 1963. His life was brief, but it was punctuated by major military and political accomplishments. Kennedy remains one of the most popular presidents in U.S. history, and his legacy, spirit and style have endured in the 50 years since his death.
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    John F. Kennedy, as a baby, sits in the sand at Nantasket Beach in Massachusetts, circa 1918. Born on May 29, 1917, he was the second son of Joseph Patrick "Joe" Kennedy and Rose Elizabeth Fitzgerald Kennedy.
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    Portrait of John F. Kennedy at age 10, hair slicked back,1927. Kennedy attended Edward Devotion School, Noble and Greenough Lower School and the Dexter School through the fourth grade.
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    The Kennedy clan in 1931 in Hyannis Port, Mass. The future president is in the top left corner, wearing a white shirt.
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    Kennedy recovers from jaundice in a London hospital, 1937. Kennedy enrolled at Harvard University in 1936, graduating cum laude with a bachelor of science in international affairs in 1940. His senior thesis became the book "Why England Slept."
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    Joseph P. Kennedy Sr., center, and his two oldest sons: Joseph Jr., left, who died in action during World War II, and future President John F. Kennedy, right, circa 1939.
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    Captain of PT-109 in1943, Kennedy almost died when a Japanese destroyer torpedoed the boat, killing two crewmen and leaving 11 stranded in the Pacific Ocean. They swam to Coral Island, where Kennedy carved the following distress message into a coconut: "Nauru Is. Native knows posit. He can pilot. 11 alive need small boat." Kennedy was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Medal for his leadership.
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    Kennedy in his Navy hat circa 1944 after his PT-109 heroism in the Pacific. Kennedy served in the U.S. Navy from September 1941 to April 1945.
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    Kennedy sitting with his maternal grandfather, the former mayor of Boston, John F. Fitzgerald, "Honey Fitz," and Joe Kennedy Sr., circa 1946.
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