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

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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