Ford, Gerald Rudolph, born Leslie King.

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Ford, Gerald, born 14-07-1913, Omaha, Nebraska, born Leslie Lynch King, Jr. His mother divorced from King and married Gerald Rudolff Ford  and they then called her son Gerald Rudolff Ford, Jr.

Ford graduated from law school in 1941  and in May 1941, he opened a Grand Rapids law practice, but overseas developments caused a change in plans and Ford responded to the attack on Pearl Harbour by enlisting in the Navy. During the one year he was at the Preflight School, he was promoted to Lieutenant Junior Grade on 02-06-1942 and to Lieutenant in March 1943.

Ford served as the assistant navigator, Athletic Officer and antiaircraft battery officer on board the Monterey.  While he was on board, the carrier participated in many actions in the Pacific Theather with the Third  and Fifth Fleets  during the fall of 1943 and in 1944. In 1943, the carrier helped secure Markin Island in the Gilberts and participated in carrier strikes against Kavieng, New Ireland in 1943.


Aircraft from the Monterey launched strikes against Wake Island, participated in strikes in the Philippines and Ryukyus and supported the landings at Leyte and Mindoro.

Although the ship was not damaged by Japanese forces, the Monterey was one of several ships damaged by the typhoon that hit Admiral Wlliam “Bull” Halsey’s Third Fleet on December 18-19-1944. The Third Fleet lost three destroyers and over 800 men during the typhoon.

He was released from active duty under honorable conditions on 23-02-1946. On 28-06-1946, the Secretary of the Navy accepted Ford’s resignation from the Naval Reserve.

On October 15, 1948, at Grace Eppiscopal Church in Grand Rapids, Ford married Elizabeth Bloomer Warren

     (1918–2011), a department store fashion consultant. Warren had been a John Robert Powers fashion model and a dancer in the auxiliary troupe of the Martha Graham Dance Company. She had previously been married to and divorced from William G. Warren.

At the time of his engagement, Ford was campaigning for what would be his first of thirteen terms as a member of the United States House of Representatives. The wedding was delayed until shortly before the elections because, as The New York Times reported in a 1974 profile of Betty Ford, “Jerry was running for Congress and wasn’t sure how voters might feel about his marrying a divorced ex-dancer.”

The couple had four children: Michael Gerald, born in 1950, John Gardner, known as Jack, born in 1952, Steven Meigs, born in 1956 and Susan Elizabeth, born in 1957

Ford received the Philippine Liberation Medal with two bronze stars for Leyte and Mindoro, as well as the Amercan Campaign and World War II Victory medals.

Death and burial ground of Ford, Gerald Rudolph, born Leslie King.

      Ford became the 38th President of America and died at the very old age of 93, on 26-12-2006 at his home in Rancho Mirage, California, of arteriosclerotic cerebrovascular disease.

Gerald Ford is buried in Grand Rapids, Michigan.


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