World War II vet, Senator Bob Dole to be buried at Arlington on Feb. 2

Elizabeth Dole and Robin Dole walk alongside a military honor guard as they carry the casket of the late former Sen. Robert Dole (R-KS) at the conclusion of his funeral service at Washington National Cathedral on Dec. 10, 2021 in Washington, D.C. Dole will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery during a private ceremony on Feb. 2. Photo credit Drew Angerer/Getty Images
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Former Senator and World War II veteran Bob Dole will be laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery on Wednesday, Feb. 2.

A representative from the Elizabeth Dole Foundation made that announcement Thursday, adding that the graveside funeral service will be private.

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Dole, 98, died on Dec. 5 after battling lung cancer. On Dec. 9, he became the 36th person in the nation’s history to lie in state at the U.S. Capitol.

The Kansas native enlisted in the U.S. Army as a college student and was appointed a second lieutenant in 1944, serving as a platoon leader in the legendary Tenth Mountain Division in Italy.

In 1945, he was gravely wounded on the battlefield and was decorated for heroic achievement, receiving two Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star with one oak leaf cluster.

Dole never fully recovered from his wounds but went on to serve as a county prosecutor, a Kansas state legislator, a U.S. Representative, a Senator, and the Republican presidential candidate in 1996, running unsuccessfully against President Bill Clinton.

In 1997, Dole was named the National Chairman of the World War II Memorial Campaign, which raised funds for the building of the National World War II Memorial primarily through private contributions.

Following the dedication of the memorial, Dole could be found at the southern entrance to the Memorial on most Saturday mornings, greeting his fellow World War II veterans and welcoming them to their memorial.

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The Elizabeth Dole Foundation, named after Dole’s wife, is a national non-profit organization dedicated to serving the needs of those who care for the nation’s ill and injured service members.

In addition to his wife, Dole is survived by his daughter, Robin.

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