Piet de Jong

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Petrus Josef Sietse "Piet" de Jong (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈpit də ˈjɔŋ]; born April 3, 1915) is a retired Dutch politician of the defunct Catholic People's Party (KVP) now merged into the Christian Democratic Appeal (CDA). He served as Prime Minister of the Netherlands from April 5, 1967 until July 6, 1971.

He served as State Secretary for Defence from June 25, 1959 until July 24, 1963 in the Cabinet De Quay. And as Minister of Defence from July 24, 1963 until April 5, 1967 in the Cabinets Marijnen, Cals and Zijlstra. After his prime ministery he served as a Member of the Senate and as Parliamentary leader in the Senate from May 11, 1971 until September 17, 1974.

A veteran naval officer he served on several ships during World War II and ending the war as the Captain of one of the few surviving Dutch submarines. As of 2011 he is currently the oldest living former Prime Minister of the Netherlands and is one of the Longest lived state leaders at the age of 95.[2][3]

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Biography

Early life

Petrus Josef Sietse de Jong was born on April 3, 1915 in Apeldoorn in the Dutch Province of Gelderland. After leaving secondary school, he joined the Royal Netherlands Navy as a midshipman in 1931 and subsequently attended the Royal Netherlands Naval College in Den Helder. In 1934 he received his commission as a sub-lieutenant and from 1935 to 1947 served in submarines.

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