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' service during the war, in both

theaters, including against the forces of Hitler and Nazi Germany.


Any demonstrative display of a Nazi flag or a Nazi salute, and an

espousal of white supremacist views, are insults to the true

patriots who fought, and in many cases died, in the hope 

of ridding the world of the Nazi scourge. 

 

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

 

 

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

(State). Bronze Star, Battle of Okinawa. (A Marines football game

on Guadalcanal, then on to Okinawa.)

 

 

-- Richard Monfort (uncle and namesake of Rockies owner), 

Colorado A&M, killed in bombing mission against the forces of Nazi

Germany. 

 

 

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

mission against the forces of Nazi Germany.  

 

 

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

combat against the forces of Nazi Germany.  

 

 

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

Germany against the forces of Nazi Germany.  

 

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

after fighting against the forces of Nazi Germany.

 

 

-- Chuck Behan, DeKalb and Detroit Lions, killed in action, Battle of Okinawa.

 

 

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

 

 

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Bob Baumann (74), with Dave

Schreiner (80) and Crazylegs Hirsch (40)

  

--  Bob Baumann, Wisconsin, killed in the Battle of Okinawa.

 

 

-- Don Straub, Colorado A&M (State), final survivor of

a dive bomber crew in Pacific

 

 

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-- Bob Spicer, Colorado, lost an eye in the Battle of Okinawa.