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As the child of America’s 26th president, Theodore Roosevelt Jr. is by no means as well known as his father. Yet like President Roosevelt, the younger man experienced a great deal throughout his life. Roosevelt Jr. was involved in politics and commerce at different points in time, but his connection with the U.S. military was perhaps the most astonishing aspect of his life. His war record, in fact, might well come as a shock to those of us alive today.

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President Roosevelt was strongly linked to the military throughout his life, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that his son was too. The elder Roosevelt, in fact, was largely responsible for organizing the Rough Riders during the Spanish-American War of 1898. This was a voluntary regiment that has become notorious since that conflict’s end.

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