In 1971, Bush had recently lost a bid for election to the Senate, and was serving as President Richard Nixon's ambassador to the United Nations, a role he filled until 1973.
Months into his presidency he was faced with the dissolution of the Soviet Union and he oversaw the removal of Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega.
Bush's invasion of Panama in December 1989 was a military precursor of the Gulf War - a quick operation with a resoundingly superior American force. Bush was able to create an global coalition and led a military strike to drive Hussein out of the country.
Bush faced a serious challenge when Iraqi President Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait in 1990.
"President Bush guided our nation and the world to a peaceful and victorious conclusion of the Cold War", the Trumps wrote.
Lt. Gen. Paul E. Funk II, III Corps and Fort Hood commanding general said, "III Corps and Fort Hood salutes President George H.W. Bush's life of service to our Nation".
The elder Bush's prime interest was foreign policy. "We would have been forced to occupy Baghdad and, in effect, rule Iraq".
The magazine ended up only publishing images of Bush at work, but photographer Leonard McCombe also captured the balance of Bush's life-the home and family that he left behind when he went off to NY to the United Nations. He bailed out of the aircraft and was rescued in the waters off the Bonin Islands. He proved to be a successful businessman and was a millionaire by the age of 40.
He was a local Republican Party chairman, and in 1966 won a seat in the US House of Representatives. That loss set him on a path to the string of high-level appointments in the 1970s.
The complex, which opened to the public November 7, 1997, houses information that documents the life and career of Bush, including items from his time as a congressman, USA ambassador to the United Nations, chairman of the Republican National Committee and director of the Central Intelligence Agency.
As president, Bush launched the "Points of Light" initiative to promote volunteerism and community service across the country.
Yet, in politics and global affairs, Bush was instinctively cautious and a natural pragmatist. Some critics viewed the ad as racist and an attempt to play on white voters' fears of crimes committed by menacing black men.
Only one other USA president, John Adams, had a son who also became president.
George Herbert Walker Bush served just one term as USA president, but few occupants of the Oval Office could have felt history shifting so sharply under their feet.
On several occasions this year, he had to be hospitalised.
The announcement marked a reversal from earlier this year, when the president was pointedly not invited to the funeral of former first lady Barbara Bush, the family matriarch and the late president's wife of 73 years. Bush, then 47, was an advocate of the "two-China solution", of keeping both governments in the global organization.