Senator Bob Dole was the national chairman of the World War II Memorial Campaign. Recognized as one of our nation's towering political figures, Senator Dole has a distinguished record of public service that has made a difference for America.
A decorated and wounded combat veteran of World War II, Bob Dole was raised on the plains of western Kansas. This tough, common sense conservative from America's heartland has experience second to none: Senate Majority Leader, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, his party's nominee for vice president, member of the House of Representatives, chairman of the Republican Party, a state legislator, and a county attorney. He resigned from the Senate in June 1996 to campaign as the Republican nominee for president.
In January 1997, Senator Dole received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor.
"His title of Leader is not just a job title, it's a description of the man," President Reagan said of Senator Dole. President Bush called Senator Dole "a great Republican Leader, as great as any in the past." Bob Dole is one of only 16 Americans to serve as Senate Majority Leader, and his first stint in that position in the mid-1980s won praise nationwide. According to Congressional Quarterly, Senator Dole "proved a point that badly needed proving at the time: The Senate could be led."
Senator Dole's effectiveness as a consensus-builder and his commitment to deficit reduction and economic growth earned him the admiration of Republicans, Independents, and Democrats alike. On issue after issue, Senator Dole was a statesman who made his mark. He earned national acclaim for his leadership on behalf of the disadvantaged and Americans with disabilities, and for his mastery of foreign affairs.
During the Second World War, Bob Dole was 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.
Senator Dole was born in Russell, Kansas. He is married to Senator Elizabeth Hanford Dole, and has a daughter, Robin, who resides in Virginia.
Frederick W. Smith
Frederick W. Smith, chairman, president and chief executive officer of FedEx Corporation, a $17 billion global transportation and logistics holding company, was the national co-chairman of the World War II Memorial Campaign.
Smith is responsible for providing strategic direction for all FedEx Corporation business units, including Federal Express, FedEx Ground, FedEx Custom Critical, FedEx Global Logistics and Viking Freight. These FedEx Corporation companies serve 210 countries with operations that include 648 aircraft, 63,000 vehicles and over 2,600 facilities. More than 200,000 employees and contractors worldwide handle an average daily shipment volume of nearly five million items.
Smith founded Federal Express in 1971 and the company began operations on April 17, 1973.
A leader in regulatory reform, Smith has been an active proponent of global commerce and "open skies agreements" for aviation around the world. In 1976, Smith launched an airline deregulation campaign before Congress, the Department of Transportation and the Civil Aeronautics Board to obtain an air-cargo operating certificate for large aircraft. The following year, President Carter signed air cargo deregulation into law, and passenger airline deregulation soon followed.
Under Smith's leadership, Federal Express has continued to strengthen its industry leadership over the past 25 years with its total commitment to quality service. FedEx was the first service company to win the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award in 1990, and in 1994 was the first global express transportation company to receive simultaneous worldwide ISO 9001 certification, with re-certification in 1997.
Smith has served on the boards of several large public companies and is formerly chairman of the International Air Transport Association and chairman of the Executive Committee of the U.S. Air Transport Association. He is also a director of the Business Roundtable, CATO Institute, Library of Congress James Madison Council and the Mayo Foundation, and he serves as vice chairman of the U.S.-China Business Council.
A native of Marks, Mississippi, Smith attended Yale University, where he earned a bachelor's of science degree in economics in 1966. Smith, a Vietnam War veteran, served as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1966-1970.