Ross Perot was born in 1930 in Texarkana, Texas. He entered the U.S. Naval Academy in 1949 and graduated with a commission as an Ensign on June 5, 1953. While at the Academy, he served as class president, chairman of the honor committee, and battalion commander. His first assignment was on the destroyer USS Sigourney (DD-643) and then on the aircraft carrier USS Leyte (CVS-32). Perot married Margot Birmingham of Greensburg, Pennsylvania, in 1956, and he resigned his commission in the Navy on July 2, 1957, continuing in the Naval Reserve until June 30, 1961. After leaving the Navy, Ross founded Electronic Data Systems in 1962. Some of his employees were taken hostage during the Iranian Revolution in 1979, and he hired a rescue team led by retired U.S. Army Special Forces Colonel Arthur D. Simons to go into Iran and bring his people out. Perot sold EDS to General Motors in 1984 and founded Perot Systems in 1988. He ran for President of the United States in the 1992 and 1996 Presidential Elections, with former Vietnam POW VADM James B. Stockdale as his running mate in the 1992 election. Ross Perot has supported many U.S. Military Veteran's causes and has been a tremendous support for the NAM-POWs.
The Sailor's Creed:
I am a United States Sailor.
I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States of America and I will obey the orders of those appointed over me.
I represent the fighting spirit of the Navy and those who have gone before me to defend freedom and democracy around the world.
I proudly serve my country's Navy combat team with Honor, Courage and Commitment.
I am committed to excellence and the fair treatment of all.