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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

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

Christmas Eve 1944: A "Football Classic" on Guadalcanal





-- Colorado football and baseball star Bob Spicer, who

played in the Mosquito Bowl, lost an eye in the Battle

of Okinawa and returned to CU to finish his careers

in both sports ... with one eye.



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

mission. Researching the story. Old school. Pre-Google.      




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. 


Two Badgers killed in the Battle of Okinawa  


-- Bob Baumann (74) 

-- Dave Schreiner (80)



-- "Madison Gillaspey never came back." 



-- Edna Middlemas, awarded the Bronze Star


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






Click on that for one omnibus story on the six recipients: Leila Morrison, Armond Sedgeley, Philip Daily, Bill Powell, Harry Maroncelli, Joe Graham. 

Click on this for separate updated commentary on Leila Morrison. 


-- Honoring the Canadian involvement and sacrifice,too:

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