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Reflecting on Loss of Bobby Doerr - Less Than 50 WWII-Era ML Players Remain

February 9, 2018

Today there are less than 50 World War Two major-league veterans, let’s cherish them and their lifelong contributions to the pastime of baseball. See news on the loss of Bobby Doerr

Current list of survivors per records from SABR, Baseball In Wartime, Wikipedia and public records with dates.  *Indicated unconfimed passing, likely surviving.

 

First Name     Last Name                        Service   Age

  1. Cloyd V. Boyer                                   Navy 90      (Sept. 1, 1927)

  2. Robert W. "Bobby" Brown               Navy 93

  3. Frederick J. Caligiuri                         Army 99      (Oct. 22, 1918)

  4. Richard Roy "Dick" Cole                  Army 91

  5. Clinton Astor Conatser                     Coast Guard 96

  6. John Melvin "Jack" Crimian            Army 92

  7. William Lester "Billy" DeMars         Navy 92

  8. Carl Daniel Erskine                           Navy 91

  9. Edward Raymond Fitz Gerald          Army 93

  10. David "Dave" Garcia                        USAAF 97

  11. William Henry "Bill" Greason          USMC 93

  12. John Thomas "Johnny" Groth         Navy 91

  13. Charles Byron "Chuck" Harmon      Navy 93

  14. Donald Irvin Hasenmayer                 Navy 90      (April 4, 1927)

  15. Christopher Francis Haughey           Army 92

  16. Val Raymond Heim                            Navy 97

  17. John Edward Hetki                            Army 95

  18. Lee V. "Lefty" Howard                       Navy 94

  19. Ransom Joseph "Randy" Jackson    Navy 92  (Went through Navy Officer Training)

  20. Howard Kolls "Howie" Judson         Navy 92  * Surviving          

  21. Richard Finlay "Dick" Koecher         Navy 91

  22. Richard Wesley "Dick" Manville       Navy 91  * Surviving          

  23. Ed Mickelson                                      USAAF 91      (brief major league career)

  24. Lawrence E. "Larry" Miggins            Merchant Marine 92

  25. Robert John "Bob" Miller              .  Army 91

  26. William H. "Bill" Mills                        Army 98

  27. Fenton Le Roy “Muscles” Mole       USAAF  92

  28. Robert M. "Bobby" Morgan             Army 91

  29. Aloysius F. "Al" Naples                     Navy 91

  30. Donald "Newk” Newcombe            Navy 91

  31. Irving Arnold Noren                          Army 93

  32. Leonard Joseph Okrie                      Navy 94

  33. Marvin Eugene Rackley                    USAAF 96

  34. William Edward "Eddie" Robinson  Navy 97

  35. Edward William Samcoff                   USMC 93

  36. Francis F. "Frank" Saucier                 Navy 91

  37. Carl Alvin Scheib                               Army 91       (Jan. 1, 1927)

  38. Albert Fred "Red" Schoendienst    Army 95

  39. Art Shallock                                        Navy 93

  40. Robert Clayton "Bobby" Shantz      Army 92

  41. Charles Anthony Ryan Silvera           USAAF 93

  42. Charles Augustus "Chuck" Stevens USAAF 99   (July 10, 1918) – most senior

  43. Paul Harrington Stuffel                      Army 90       (March 27th)

  44. Willard "Wayne" Terwilliger              USMC 92

  45. Charles L. "Tim" Thompson             Army 94 

  46. Julius Neal Watlington                      Army 95

  47. Waldon T. "Wally" Westlake             Coast Guard 97 USAAF

  48. George Edward Yankowski                Army 95

  49. Helen “Gig” Smith All-American Girls Professional League Baseball. Served in U.S. Army, age 96.

 

 

 

 

 

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