Congressman Duncan L. Hunter is an American politician. He was a Republican member of the House of Representatives from California’s 54th, 45th and 42nd districts from 1981 to 2009. Hunter was the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee during the 108th and 109th Congress. Hunter sought the Republican Party nomination for President of the United States for 2008,but his campaign failed to attract significant voters or delegates in early primary and caucus states, and he dropped out after the Nevada Republican caucases . He was succeeded as Representative for the 52nd district by his son, Duncan D. Hunter. In 1966.He attended the University of Montana from 1966 to 1967, and then briefly the Univ. of California at Santa Barbara before being commissioned into the Army in 1969.He served in South Vietnam from 1970 to 1971 during the Vietnam War] in the Army Ranger’s 75th Ranger Regiment, attached to the 173rd Airborne Brigade. He participated in 24 helicopter assults as well as in small-number, night-time reconnaissance patrols. He held the rank of 1st Lt. and was awarded the Bronze Star, Air Medal and service ribbons such as the Vietnam Service Ribbon. He has said, “I didn’t do anything special in the U.S. Army, but I served with very special soldiers I will never forget.” Congressman Hunter’s new book, “Victory in Iraq- How America won the War” has just been released and tells the true story through the lives of our nation’s military heroes.