As a high school student, Jack Kennedy was an underachiever with a rebel streak. But he grew up to be one of the most compelling figures of the twentieth century. More than fifty years after his Presidency ended in tragedy, John F. Kennedy's vision, intellectual intensity, and personal magnetism continue to fire the public imagination.

Visitors to this exhibit will catch glimpses of "Young Jack" as a boy, a student, a decorated war hero, a young man seeking his life's path. Drawn from the collections of the Kennedy Library, the exhibition presents touchstones of JFK's early life.

Highlights from the exhibition include:

MO 2008.13John F. Kennedy's Navy "dog tag" from World War II, which he wore with a St. Christopher's Medal and an 1854 gold dollar coin given to him for good luck. 



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The Coconut inscribed by JFK with the message that led to the rescue of his crew after his patrol torpedo boat, PT 109, was rammed by a Japanese destroyer during World War II. Also prominently on display are JFK's World War II medals, his Purple Heart and his Navy and Marine Corps Medals.