Skip to comments.Memorial Day: Athletes Killed In Action(PICS)
Posted on 05/26/2012 12:25:34 PM PDT by greatdefender
Memorial Day is all about honoring those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom, and pro athletes have been part of that mix since World War I. Here's a look at some of the more notable athletes who lost their lives in service:
In addition to former Giants infielder Elmer Gedeon (featured in slide No. 8 above), there was one other MLB player killed in World War II. Harry O'Neill appeared in one game as a catcher for the Philadelphia Athletics in 1939. O'Neill joined the Marines and was killed on Iwo Jima in 1945.
The Big Ten's football MVP in 1942, Wisconsin receiver Dave Schreiner, was a second-round pick by the Lions but joined the Marines and was killed in the Battle of Okinawa.
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Heavenly Father, we pray for our fallen, and all who gave their lives for our country and our freedom.
RIP Bob. We will remember you this weekend. Go Bills!
“Very great our loss and grievous - “So our best and brightest leave us..” (I believe it was Kipling that wrote these lines.)
Nile Kinnick, it is said, was so charismatic and well-liked that, had he survived WWII, he might have been the Republican version of JFK - handsome, popular war hero who wanted to be an attorney after the war and run for political office.
Crossed the Pat Tillman Memorial bridge twice, yesterday.
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