Presidents' Sons at War: 13 Service Records, from the Mediocre to the Ultimate Sacrifice

Being the parent of someone fighting in a war is no picnic, even if you're a president.

In the modern era, several future or incumbent presidents had sons in the military in wartime. Some of those sons did much, some very little, one paid the ultimate price.

Let's look, building up to that ultimate sacrifice, in a list that's heavy with Roosevelts of one sort or another.

13. David Eisenhower Son-in-law to Richard Nixon during the Vietnam War, Eisenhower -- grandson of Ike -- served stateside in the Navy Reserves. His service was inspiring only in the sense that a great song came out of it.

Creedence Clearwater Revival's John Fogerty said of writing "Fortunate Son": "Julie Nixon was hanging around with David Eisenhower, and you just had the feeling that none of these people were going to be involved with the war. "

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