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It's time for a wartime veteran on the Supreme Court

It's time for a wartime veteran on the Supreme Court

Some of the Supreme Court's most influential justices were molded by their experiences on the battlefield. A young John Marshall shepherded a company of starving soldiers through the winter at Valley Forge. Oliver Wendell Holmes survived being shot in the chest at Ball's Bluff, in the neck at Antietam and in the foot at Chancellorsville. Although America's involvement in the First World War spanned only a year and a half, seven future justices celebrated armistice in uniform. And a handful of future tenants of the high court served in the Second World War — including John Marshall Harlan II, who earned the Legion of Merit.

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