Famous Eagle Scouts

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Famous Eagle Scouts include:

  • James Lovell (DIST), astronaut and captain of the Apollo 13 mission
  • Donald Rumsfeld (DIST), former Secretary of Defense
  • Stephen Spielberg (DIST), director
  • Neil Armstrong (DIST), astronaut and the first man to walk on the moon
  • Gerald Ford (DIST), 38th President of the USA
  • William "Green Bar Bill" Hillcourt (DIST), Danish Knight-Scout who is said to be the father of American Scouting.
  • Philo Farnsworth, inventor and patented the television
  • L. Ron Hubbard, writer of Dianetics and the founder of Scientology
  • Michael Moore, director, author, and comedian
  • Mitchell Paige (DIST), Marine Corps hero who was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions during the Battle of Guadalcanal
  • Ryan Stout, stand-up comedian
  • William H. Gates, Sr (DIST), retired attorney and philanthropist and is the father of Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft.

Note: DIST means that the person is a recipient of the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award.

People Incorrectly Regarded as Eagle Scouts include:

  • Hank Aaron (Silver Buffalo Award recipient)
  • Harrison Ford (life scout)
  • Jimmy Stewart (second class)
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