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Does anyone know if any member of Mitt Romney's family has ever served in the US military?

Tea in the Harbor 2012/04/26 18:38:47
Seriously, I don't know. He didn't, none of his children have, his father didn't, his grandfather wasn't an American, but I believe there were Romney's before his grandfather fled to protect what the country saw as his immoral lifestyle.

I'm curious, have they always cut and run during hard times or is there somewhere in the distant past a Romney who stood his ground?
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  • Rebel Yell 2012/04/26 19:46:45
    Rebel Yell
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    When Mitt was of draft age, he took off for France and missionary type work. Mitt received a deferment from the draft as a Mormon 'minister of religion' for the duration of his missionary work in France, which lasted two and a half years . A question that has surfaced is how his faith that could prevent him from participating in the war in Vietnam could allow him to command others in any current or future wars. There is no other president who had the same type of conscientious objector status deferral during wartime and became Commander in Chief later.

    His sons did not serve either.

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  • Uranos7 2012/04/27 20:36:45
    Uranos7
    Romney's support for the U.S. role in the Vietnam War was only reinforced when the French greeted him with hostility over the matter and he debated them in return. He also witnessed the May 1968 general strike and student uprisings.
    Regarding the military draft, Romney had initially received a student deferment, then like most other Mormon missionaries a ministerial deferment while in France, then another student deferment. When those ran out, his high number in the December 1969 draft lottery (300) ensured he would not be selected
    http://www.sss.gov/LOTTER8.HTM
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...
    He did get a defferment until he came back from France to get married when he became elligible again. After that he didn't get picked.
    Mitt's father was exempt from the draft of WW2 because he worked for American Motors Corp. The ones who invented and supplied the military with jeeps.
  • Tea in ... Uranos7 2012/04/27 20:54:34
    Tea in the Harbor
    So that's three deferments and no service then?

    He did talk about supporting the war in a debate, but never thought he should risk his own butt? Another GOP chickenhawk.
  • Uranos7 Tea in ... 2012/04/27 21:16:08
    Uranos7
    He didn't sign up; but he did put his name in the lottery so not a draft dodger.
  • Tea in ... Uranos7 2012/09/04 16:10:02
    Tea in the Harbor
    He put his name in with a deferment claim. Not putting his name in would have been a felony at the time.
  • HL 2012/04/27 19:20:39
    HL
    Maybe Mitts fathers side of the family served in the Mexican Military. (: Mexican Military
  • nothingbutthetruth 2012/04/27 08:20:02
    nothingbutthetruth
    +1
    I would be interesting to know!
  • sjalan 2012/04/26 21:04:53
    sjalan
    +2
    Can't find anything -- because there is NOTHING TO BE FOUND! They all take a religious deferment because of their faith.
  • Tea in ... sjalan 2012/04/26 21:13:48
    Tea in the Harbor
    +1
    Rebel Yell brought that up, so if he's a cociencious objector, does that mean our military will be disbanded if he wins?
  • sjalan Tea in ... 2012/04/27 05:13:07
    sjalan
    +1
    Since he is a cosciencious objector he shouldn't be running to be commander in cheif in the first place. It is hypocritical!!
  • SoCal71 2012/04/26 20:06:32
    SoCal71
    +2
    Obama was an Air Force pilot during the war... oh wait that was Bill Pullman (President) from Independence Day. I must have drifted off into a world of make believe, now I know what it's like to be liberal...
  • Rebel Yell 2012/04/26 19:46:45
    Rebel Yell
    +4
    When Mitt was of draft age, he took off for France and missionary type work. Mitt received a deferment from the draft as a Mormon 'minister of religion' for the duration of his missionary work in France, which lasted two and a half years . A question that has surfaced is how his faith that could prevent him from participating in the war in Vietnam could allow him to command others in any current or future wars. There is no other president who had the same type of conscientious objector status deferral during wartime and became Commander in Chief later.

    His sons did not serve either.
  • lm1b2 2012/04/26 19:08:34
    lm1b2
    I don't know about the US military,but i know that the Mormons are recruited in great numbers by the CIA because of their program of a forced two year missionary program after their high school graduation.Maybe Mitt was in the CIA,or one of his children?
  • SneakyPete 2012/04/26 18:42:47
    SneakyPete
    No. and what difference would thhat make. Just look at Congress and see how many of them have done service in the military. Not many.
  • Tea in ... SneakyPete 2012/04/26 18:49:51
    Tea in the Harbor
    +1
    It just came up on another post and I didn't have the answer, so I thought I'd ask.

    It doesn't make a difference to me, unless he dodged the draft during Nam, and that only matters because it seems like nobody in the GOP served there, they all ran when it was their turn.
  • lm1b2 Tea in ... 2012/04/26 19:20:15
    lm1b2
    +1
    Clinton dodged the draft,he said he was over seas during Nam and didn't know he had received a draft notice, like his Mother would not have notified him of receiving a draft notice,if you want to believe that!The worst President we ever had,GW Bush was in the National Guard thanks to his Father at the time of Viet Nam War,and never saw any action of course.We really like to elect heroes don't we?
  • Tea in ... lm1b2 2012/04/26 19:35:08
    Tea in the Harbor
    +1
    We like to talk about heros, but we don't like to elect them. I think JFK was the last true military hero we elected.
  • lm1b2 Tea in ... 2012/04/26 19:49:09
    lm1b2
    JFK dated a spy during the war,and was told that she was a spy,and to quit dating her,he refused,and would have been charged with treason if it had not been for his Ambassador Father,some heroe!
  • Tea in ... lm1b2 2012/04/26 19:56:39
  • lm1b2 Tea in ... 2012/04/27 13:20:19
    lm1b2
    A man that is dating a Nazi Spy,during war time,and knows what she is,is not a hero!
  • Tea in ... lm1b2 2012/04/27 14:39:57 (edited)
    Tea in the Harbor
    Do you have any evidence that he was knowingly dating a Nazi spy?
  • lm1b2 Tea in ... 2012/04/28 12:43:36
    lm1b2
    Only the history books,not enough for you?You want me to go to the library for you?Sorry that your "Heroe" wasn't !
  • Uranos7 Tea in ... 2012/04/27 20:59:37
    Uranos7
    +1
    I agree on all counts.
  • darcie ... Tea in ... 2012/04/26 19:50:08
    darcie lamar
    +1
    Obama never served in the military. You guys are really searching. LOL.
  • Tea in ... darcie ... 2012/04/26 19:58:43
    Tea in the Harbor
    I never said he did, I asked a simple question I didn't know the answer too. That's kind of the purpose for questions isn't it?
  • darcie ... Tea in ... 2012/04/26 20:06:31
    darcie lamar
    +1
    I'm not sure about your "purpose". I do know mine. : )
  • rose th... darcie ... 2012/09/01 14:46:57
    rose thamann
    +3
    At least Obama's father served in our Military!
    Also he has already proven himself more than
    able to lead our Military! I hate to think what will
    Happen to our sons and daughters in the Middle East
    If Romney gets in as it is apparent he comes from a Long Line of non supporters of the Military! The Romneys hide behind their religion(also mine!)getting rich while the Brave American citizens fight for their right to do so! Pray for our soldiers my son included!
  • EdVenture Tea in ... 2012/04/26 20:46:02
    EdVenture
    +1
    Not very patriotic.
  • Uranos7 Tea in ... 2012/04/27 21:08:16
    Uranos7
    +1
    All mormans do 2 years of missionary work. In his case he could have stayed in France longer but Ann wrote him she was getting weary of the long distace relationship so he came back 6 months early and put his name in the lottery rather than loose her.
  • Tea in ... Uranos7 2012/04/27 21:37:06
    Tea in the Harbor
    That's actually a decent thing to do.

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