Jimmy Carter is best known as the 39th President of the United States, and he held this position for four years from 1977. But much less remembered is the service that he gave in the U.S. Navy as a young man. And Carter’s duties in the Navy were far from routine. Indeed, in the years just after World War II, he was involved in one of the service’s most sensitive operations – and the extent of his influence may come as a surprise.
Growing up, Carter had fostered an ambition to join the Navy for some time, but gaining entry to the United States Naval Academy was certainly no walk in the park. So, after graduating from high school in 1941, he set about improving his chances by studying engineering at Georgia Southwestern College in Americus for a year. He then went on to Atlanta’s Georgia Institute of Technology, where he took classes in math.