Who did President Roosevelt let join the U.S. Navy during World War II?
– Hitler’s nephew
– Stalin’s son
– Mussolini’s brother
– Putin’s grandfather
Answer: William Patrick Hitler was the nephew of Adolf Hitler. In 1942, William wrote directly to President Franklin D. Roosevelt, begging to be allowed to serve in the US military. “I am one of many, but can render service to this great cause,” he wrote. FDR passed the letter on to FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover, who looked into William’s background and finally cleared him for military service. Sworn into the US Navy, William Hitler went on to serve three years as a pharmacist’s mate, receiving the Purple Heart for a wound he suffered.