Senator Bob Dole WWII Leadership Award


Thank you to World War II veteran and longtime United States Senator Bob Dole for officially giving his blessing on the renaming of our annual World War II Foundation Eagle Leadership Award in his honor.

In 2019, the World War II Foundation also established the Senator Bob Dole World War II Leadership Award, which is now given annually to a veteran of WWII who returned from the war and devoted their lives to public service and educating current and future generations on the subject of World War II.

2019 Honoree-Senator Bob Dole


Robert Dole, from Kansas, enlisted in the United States Army in 1942. Dole became a combat infantry officer in the famed 10th Mountain Division and was sent to the Po Valley in northern Italy in 1944. Dole was ordered to lead an assault against a German position there and was severely wounded. Paralyzed from the neck down and with metal shrapnel throughout his body, the medics who treated him did not think he would live. Dole was awarded two Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star for his combat service in Italy with the 10th Mountain Division during World War II.

After World War II, Bob Dole represented Kansas in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1961 to 1969, then as a senator from 1969 to 1996, serving as Republican Leader of the Senate 1985 to 1996. He was the Republican nominee for President of the United States in 1996.

2018 Award Recipient-Jim “Pee Wee” Martin


101st Airborne D-Day, Market Garden, and Battle of the Bulge Veteran Jim “Pee Wee” Martin received the first of what will be an annual World War II Foundation Leadership Award.

Jim Martin parachuted into Normandy (landing near Saint-Côme-du-Mont behind Utah Beach) at 12:30 AM on June 6, 1944. “Pee Wee” Martin fought in the Normandy campaign for thirty-three days until the 101st Airborne was relieved and returned to England in July. He also parachuted into Holland in Operation Market Garden and Belgium in the Battle of the Bulge. He later saw action in Germany.

Jim continues to speak to as many groups as possible about his experiences, both the United States and Europe and has for decades. Thank you to Pee Wee for all he does to help us never to forget the important stories of World War II and for his service as a brave Screaming Eagle in Europe during the war itself.