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Max Cleland

Max ClelandAKA Joseph Maxwell Cleland

Born: 24-Aug-1942
Birthplace: Atlanta, GA

Gender: Male
Religion: Methodist
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Politician
Party Affiliation: Democratic

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: US Senator from Georgia, 1997-2003

Military service: US Army (1965-68, Vietnam War, wounded)

Democractic politician, who lost three limbs in the Vietnam War on 8 April 1968. It was widely believed that Cleland was injured by his own grenade, but in fact it was found in 1999 to have been another soldier's grenade. After serving a long term as Georgia's Secretary of State, voters elected Cleland to U.S. Senate after Sam Nunn's retirement left an empty seat. Defeated in the 2002 election by Saxby Chambliss.

Father: Hughie Cleland
Mother: Juanita Kesler Cleland (b. 1915, d. 2007 stroke)

    High School: Lithonia High School, Lithonia, GA (1960)
    University: BA, Stetson University (1964)
    University: MA, Emory University (1968)

    Export-Import Bank of the United States Chairman (2003-07)
    9-11 Commission
    US Senator, Georgia (1997-2003)
    Georgia Secretary of State (1982-96)
    US Secretary of Veterans' Affairs (1977-81)
    Congressional Staff (1975-77)
    Georgia State Senate (1971-75)
    Alfalfa Club 1998
    Caring Institute Board of Trustees (Honorary)
    Jefferson Awards Board of Selectors
    New Leadership for America PAC
    Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity
    Silver Star
    Bronze Star
    Risk Factors: Amputee

    The Vietnam War (17-Sep-2017)
    Tanner on Tanner (5-Oct-2004) · Himself
    Going Upriver: The Long War of John Kerry (14-Sep-2004) · Himself
    Bush's Brain (13-Mar-2004) · Himself
    The Journey (13-Jun-2001) · Himself

Author of books:
Strong at the Broken Places (1980, memoir)
Going for the Max! 12 Principles for Living Life to the Fullest (2000, self-help)
Heart of a Patriot: How I Found the Courage to Survive Vietnam, Walter Reed and Karl Rove (2009, memoir)

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