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This page honors all U.S. World War II veterans, of all backgrounds. 


The stories here, accessible through the links, are a sampling of

Terry Frei's writing about athletes' (and others') service during the war.  



-- John Mosley, Manual High and Colorado A&M (State). Tuskegee Airman. 




 -- Walter "Bus Bergman, Denver North High and Colorado A&M

(Bronze Star), and other Marines in ... 

Christmas Eve 1944: A "Football Classic" on Guadalcanal



-- Elmer Gedeon, Michigan and Washington Senators, killed on bombing





Richard Lee "Dick" Monfort, killed on bombing mission.   




-- Lewis "Dude" Dent, Craig (Colo.) and Colorado A&M, killed in

ground combat.   





 -- Perry Blach, Yuma and Colorado A&M (State), from Normandy to




-- Mark Hoskins and Don Pfotenhauer, Wisconsin, prisoners of war. 



-- Dave Schreiner, Wisconsin, fatal injuries killed in the Battle of Okinawa


Bob Baumann (74), with Dave

Schreiner (80) and Crazylegs Hirsch (40)


-- Dreams of lives together ended: Fiancees getting the bad news about Bob Baumann, Wisconsin tackle killed in the Battle of Okinawa; and Madison Gillaspey, P-38 fighter pilot. 



-- Edna Middlemas, awarded the Bronze Star

 -- Don Straub, Colorado State, final survivor of a dive bomber crew 


-- French gratitude: Coloradans receive French Legion of Honor medal 












Meet the WWII heroes: Harry Maroncelli, Leila Morrison, Armond Sedgley, Philip Daily, Bill Powell, Joe Graham  


-- Honoring the Canadian involvement and sacrifice,too:

From the 2006 Edmonton vs. Carolina Stanley Cup Finals. On the 62nd Anniversary of D Day