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Hillary Clinton Campaign Press Release - Two Former Admirals Endorse Senator Clinton

March 03, 2008

Senator Clinton today is proud to announce the endorsement of two distinguished, retired admirals, Vice Admiral Donald C. Arthur and Rear Admiral Stuart F. Platt. They join an eminent group of 30 retired admirals and generals who have endorsed Senator Clinton to be our nation's next Commander-in-Chief.

Vice Admiral Arthur, JD, PhD, MD, announced his support today. He recently concluded a 33-year career in the US Navy, culminating in his role as its 35th Surgeon General. As Surgeon General, he was responsible for delivery of medical and dental services to over 700,000 active duty service members and 2.6 million retirees and family members. Dr. Arthur has been the Chief Executive Officer of two medical facilities: the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, and the Naval Hospital in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. For five years, he was Chief of the Navy Medical Corps, responsible for personnel policies, recruiting, career planning, graduate medical education, research activities, and all other professional programs for the Navy's 4100 physicians. He also saw combat action while assigned to a Marine Corps unit during Operation Desert Storm.

Rear Admiral Platt announced his support for Senator Clinton on Sunday. He has enjoyed a distinguished 31-year military career in the United States Navy, where he led a historic reform program to improve the way the Navy buys ships, aircraft and weapons systems. He was Deputy Commander of the Naval Sea Systems, where he was responsible for the acquisition of Navy surface ships and submarines during the buildup of the 600-ship Navy. Admiral Platt holds a Master of Science degree from the William E. Simon Graduate School of Business at the University of Rochester as well as an MBA from the School of Business at the University of Michigan.

Many of our nation's most distinguished military officers stand proudly with Hillary Clinton because they believe that she has the strength, experience and leadership necessary to be President and Commander-in-Chief. They include five former general and flag officers at the rank of four stars, including two former chairmen and one vice-chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. In addition, more than 2,000 veterans and military retirees are members of Senator Clinton's national and state veterans' steering committees.

Former Admirals and Generals Endorsing Hillary Clinton for President and Commander-in-Chief

  • General Wesley Clark
  • General John M. Shalikashvili
  • General Henry Hugh Shelton
  • General Johnnie E. Wilson
  • Admiral William Owens
  • Lt. Gen. Joe Ballard
  • Lt. Gen. Robert Gard
  • Lt. Gen. Claudia J. Kennedy
  • Lt. Gen. Donald L. Kerrick
  • Lt. Gen. Frederick E. Vollrath
  • Vice Admiral Donald C. Arthur
  • Vice Admiral Joseph A. Sestak
  • Major General Roger R. Blunt
  • Major General George A. Buskirk, Jr.
  • Major General Edward L. Correa, Jr.
  • Major General Paul D. Eaton
  • Major General Paul D. Monroe, Jr.
  • Major General Antonio M. Taguba
  • Rear Admiral Connie Mariano
  • Rear Admiral Stuart F. Platt
  • Rear Admiral Alan M. Steinman
  • Rear Admiral David Stone
  • Brigadier General Michael Dunn
  • Brigadier General Belisario Flores
  • Brigadier General Evelyn "Pat" Foote
  • Brigadier General Keith H. Kerr
  • Brigadier General Virgil A. Richard
  • Brigadier General Preston Taylor
  • Brigadier General John M. Watkins, Jr.
  • Brigadier General Jack Yeager

Hillary Clinton, Hillary Clinton Campaign Press Release - Two Former Admirals Endorse Senator Clinton Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/292684

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