Bob Dole Reopens a Painful Chapter

  • Playlist
  • Download
  • Embed
    <iframe src="" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Listen: <b>Web Extra</b>: Bob Dole on Looking Back (more below)

Bob Dole and Daniel Inouye

Dole playing cards at Percy Jones Army Hospital in Michigan, right. Looking on is future Sen. Daniel Inouye. Bob Dole hide caption

toggle caption Bob Dole
Enlistee Bob Dole

Bob Dole enlisted in the Army in 1942, becoming a second lieutenant. Bob Dole hide caption

toggle caption Bob Dole

Bob Dole's War Years

Listen: Injuries, and Recovery

Listen: Letters from Home

Listen: Health Care Regrets

Former Sen. Bob Dole's career has spanned 60 years, from enlisting for World War II to running for president in 1996. Now Dole has a new memoir, One Soldier's Story.

The book deals with a subject Dole on which has been relatively silent: the severe wounds he suffered on a hill near Castel d'Aiano, Italy. In an attempt to pull a wounded man to safety, Dole was hit by German machine-gun fire that shattered his right shoulder and mangled his arm.

Dole says he relied on his family — and the extended family of his small town — as he rehabilitated his injuries. He went on to serve as Senate majority leader, and eventually ran for president in 1996. Since then, Dole has remained active on political and social fronts, weighing in on issues and writing popular books.

Bob Dole was born on July 22, 1923, in Russell, Kansas, where his family still has roots. Of the town, Dole has written, "I have tried in my own way to give back some of what the town has given me. I have tried to defend and serve the America I learned to love in Russell."

Books Featured In This Story

One Soldier's Story

A Memoir

by Bob Dole

Hardcover, 287 pages |


Purchase Featured Book

One Soldier's Story
A Memoir
Bob Dole

Your purchase helps support NPR Programming. How?



Please keep your community civil. All comments must follow the Community rules and Terms of Use. NPR reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part, and to use the commenter's name and location, in any medium. See also the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Community FAQ.

NPR thanks our sponsors

Become an NPR sponsor

Support comes from