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Duty, Honor, Victory: America's Athletes in World War II

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Publisher Comments:

“Its hard to imagine Derek Jeter or Tiger Woods heading to Iraq to join the U.S. armed forces.

But in World War II no American man between the ages of twenty and forty-five was too big to serve—except for the basketball players who exceeded the Armys

66” limits for recruits, a situation illustrated in this excellent book.

Part log, part pictorial, and total history lesson, this book could be sent to school with your kids and used for social studies class. Riveting and moving.”

—Sports Illustrated

“Bloomfields extensively researched book . . . is a must-have for any sports-history fan.

Its encyclopedic in scope and richly illustrated with fascinating photos.”

— Army Times

“This survey tells, with a refreshing lack of sentimentality, the tales of sportsmen who found themselves in a far deadlier kind of combat.

Bloomfield not only shows us a little-known side of World War II but also surveys a fascinating moment in American sports history.”

—Booklist

From the sandlots, asphalt, and cinder tracks of 1930s America, to its country battlefields and stadium gridirons, the spirit of Americas youthful athletes was abruptly transformed from doing their best in sports to showing the mettle in life-and-death warfare.

Painstakingly researched and profusely illustrated, Duty, Honor, Victory tells the stories of the well-known athletes whose on-field exploits brought another type of fame, but whose battlefield duty has been long overlooked. Here is footballs Chuck Bednarik flying bombing missions over Germany; baseballs Bob Feller commanding an anti-aircraft gun crew aboard the USS Alabama; Warren Spahn wounded and nearly killed when the bridge at Remagen collapses; and Yogi Berra on a rocket boat in Normandy.

Duty, Honor, Victory addresses all sports, from tennis and golf, to baseball, football, and basketball. Included here are stories of well-known professionals, lesser known college players, as well as black athletes who fought for our country during World War II. From the origins of Nazi Germany and imperial Japan in the 1930s through their defeats in 1945—extending into 1946 and the integration of major league baseball—this book shows every aspect of Americas athletes in World War II.

Synopsis:

It's hard to imagine Derek Jeter or Tiger Woods heading to Iraq to join the U.S. Armed Forces. But in World War II no American man between the ages of 20 and 45 was too big to serve-except for the basketball players who exceeded the Army's 6'6 limits for recruits, a situation illustrated in this excellent book. Part log, part pictorial, and total history lesson, this book could be sent to school with your kids and used for social studies class. Riveting and moving. -Sports Illustrated

Painstakingly researched and profusely illustrated, DUTY, HONOR, VICTORY tells the stories of the well-known athletes whose onfield exploits brought another type of fame, but whose battlefield duty has long been overlooked. Here is football's Chuck Bednarik flying bombing missions over Germany, baseball's Bob Feller commanding an anti-aircraft gun crew aboard the USS Alabama; Warren Spahn wounded and nearly killed when the bridge at Remagen collapses, or Yogi Berra on a rocket boat in Normandy. Here are boxer Gene Tunney, ballplayer Bert Shepard. Winter Olympic athletes in the famed Tenth Mountain Division, black athletes in the Tuskegee Airmen.

DUTY, HONOR, VICTORY covers all sports, from tennis, golf, and baseball to football, and basketball. The well-known professionals, the lesser-known college athletes, and those who toiled in obscurity-they all performed their duty extraordinarily. DUTY, HONOR, VICTORY covers World War II from the origins of Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan in the 1930s through their defeats in 1945-and extends into 1946 and the integration of major league baseball.

DUTY, HONOR, VICTORY covers a wide range of athletes, whose love of competition served them well inbattle: Dizzy Dean, Larry Doby, Enos Slaughter, Monte Irvin, Pee Wee Reese, Art Donovan, Pete Gray, Jackie Robinson, Gil Hodges, Hoyt Wilhelm, Emlen Tunnell, and scores of others.

Synopsis:

A touching, memorable, and long-overdue account of America's athletes on the battlefield.

About the Author

GARY L. BLOOMFIELD, son of an army veteran, is himself a veteran who served two tours in Korea during the 1970s. An award-winning photojournalist, he is a former managing editor of VFW magazine. He lives in Kansas City, Missouri.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Prelude to War in Europe and the Pacific

Joe DiMaggio Gets His Draft Notice

Raving Lunatic Gains Support

Tightening the Stranglehold

Forcing Out the Jews

Center Stage to the World

The Americans Disprove Hitler's Beliefs

Other Notable Olympians

Nazi Hypocrisy

A Hollow Peace Proclamation

The Games in Garmisch

Hitler's Quest for Living Space Begins

Foreseeing America's Participation

Japan Threatens Entire Pacific

Going After Vital Resources

America Supports Allies along the Rim

Keeping America Out of the Fight

Chapter 2. Japan's Legacy: "A Day That Will Live in Infamy"

Sports Activity at Pearl Harbor

The Japanese Throw a Sucker Punch

Athletes Caught in the Attack

A Heavy Toll

The News Filters In

[Sidebar] Jackie Robinson

[Sidebar:] Dorie Miller

Chapter 3. Thousands Volunteer for Some Big-Time Payback

Avenging a Despicable Act

An Unhappy New Year

Japanese Juggernaut Advances

Battling at Manila Bay

Some Would Not Return

Chapter 4. The War at Home

Enemy Presence Forces Scheduling Changes

s20 Women Join the Workforce

Uncle Sam Wants YOU!

Old-Timers Return

Supporting the War Effort

Pointing Fingers at Athletes

Suspended for the Duration

Shortages Lead to Rationing

[Sidebar] Women at War

Chapter 5. Lands Down Under Become Pacific Staging Areas

Enjoying the Lands Down Under

American Games Confuse the Aussies

Honing a Fighting Edge

Aussies Learn a Lesson

GIs Desperate for Sports News

New Zealand Also Hosts Yanks

Target: Tokyo

[Between chapters:] Baseball Gets the Green Light

Chapter 6. Top Athletes in Every Sport Join the Military

Uncle Sam Calls

Using Athletic Prowess in the Military

Some Athletes Joined Service and Became . . . Athletes!

Tragic Consequences

Super Teams in the Armed Services

Armed Services Differ on Athletic Participation

Colleges Welcome Military Recruits

Playing for a Former Rival

Schools Shut Down Sports Programs

[Between chapters:] Basketball Devastated during the War Years

Chapter 7. Confused Beyond Imagination: The China-Burma-India Campaign

Flying The Hump

Buddy Lewis "Waves" Goodbye

Old 98 Bails Out

Hammering Hank Faces Danger

Ground Fighting in the CBI

Future Baseball Execs Pull Duty

Leisure Time in the CBI

[Between chapters:] Tennis Pros and Amateurs Join the Fight

Chapter 8. Nazi Wolf Packs Terrorize the Atlantic

Terrorizing the Junction

Enemy Probes Come Ashore

Those Menacing Wolf Packs

Enduring Two Torpedo Hits

The Privateers

Turning the Tables

Sidebar: Guarding the Southern Flank

[Between chapters] Golfers Tee off Against the Axis

Chapter 9. GIs Get First Test in North Africa

Comparison of the Opposing Leaders

Make or Break Mission

Naval Guns Pound the Coast

Athletes Participate in Torch

A Paratrooper Who Wasn't

Providing Air Cover

Battling the Afrika Korps

Missing in Action

Preparing for the Invasion of Europe

Time for Sports

[Between chapters] Negro Leagues Ballplayers Also Served

Chapter 10. Pursuit in the Pacific

Mismatch in the Java Sea

Naval Warfare Takes Flight

A Crucial Confrontation

The Principle of Calculated Risk

Deadly Consequences

11. Slugging It Out in the Solomons

Assaulting the Solomons

The Ground War Begins

Assaulting Other Solomon Islands

Time for Some R&R

Where the Hell is Bougainville?

Taking Potshots from Behind

Solomons Air War Heats Up

Enemy Forces Step Up the Attack

Well-Deserved Time Off

Naval Battle Unfolds

Athletes Patrolling The Slot

Hit and Run Sailors

Exaggerating Their Claims

A Knockout Punch

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USS Juneau

James Jones at Guadalcanal

Boxers Face the Fight of Their Lives

Chapter 12. Horror on New Guinea

Athletes Dish Out the Punishment

The Bushmasters

Mounting Casualties

Battle of the Bismarck Sea

Island Hopping

Remembering "a Small, Tough Fullback"

Small Skirmishes with Strange Names

Developing "Gameness and Fortitude"

Chapter 13. Confrontation in the Frozen Frontier

Invasion or Diversion

Freezing Temperatures Take a Toll

Ballplayers Tour the Frigid North

[Between chapters:] The Triple Nickles

Chapter 14. Booting the Nazis out of Italy

Sweeping Sicily

Ashore at Salerno

Propaganda Broadcasts Sports News

Continuing the Northward Push

Assaulting Anzio

Allied Planes Sever German Lifelines

Pursuit into the Apennines

Negotiating the Impassable

"Don't Take My Leg"

A Winter Lull

The '44 Games

Italy Hosts a "Bowl" Game

[Between chapters:]

The 10th Mountain Division in Italy

Go for Broke

Chapter 15. Allied Bombers Hit Central Europe

Perilous Ploesti

Penetrating Deep Inside Europe

The Tragic Statistics of Air War

Attacking the Fatherland

The Air War Heats Up

Luftwaffe Decimated

Those Hotshot Fighter Pilots

Proving They Belonged

The Allies Retaliate

An Amazing Comeback

Return to Berlin

Concrete Charlie

The Nazi Rocketeers and the Weary Willies

Dresden Burns

A Tragic End to the Air War

[Between chapters:] Football Players Go on the Offensive

Chapter 16. Penetrating Fortress Europe

Preparing to Cross the Channel

Former Athletes in Command

The Players at Normandy

Waiting Impatiently for Battle

Neptune's Transports

Airborne Assault

Naval Guns Pound the Beaches

Deadly Beaches

Scaling the Cliffs

Opening the Floodgates

"Defend to the Last" at Cherbourg

Onward to St. Lo

Assaulting Southern France

Breakout from Normandy

Nazi Stronghold Crumbles

Resupplying the Front

"Died Like Ants"

Chapter 17. Sweeping the Central Pacific

Running a Gauntlet

Blood Red on Tarawa

Simultaneous Assault on Makin

Developing a New Strategy

The Three Jewels of the Marianas

The Philippines Sea and a Turkey Shoot

Bloody Peleliu

Lounging in Paradise

[Between chapters:] Bob Feller Goes on the Offensive

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Chapter 18. Advancing across Northern Europe

Negro Leaguers Play Key Role

Border Battles

Operation Market Garden

Individual Valor

Seizing Vital Bridges

Huertgen Forest

The Meatgrinder

A Dismal Christmas

"Surrender" at Schmidt

Battle of the Bulge

Outnumbered at Bastogne

Detecting Enemy Infiltrators

The Greatest, But Very Deadly

The Reality of Frostbite

Operation Northwind

[Between chapters: ]

George "Blood and Guts Patton

Hockey Combatants Become Allies

Chapter 19. Return to the Philippines

Underestimating the Filipinos

Planning to Return

MacArthur's Legacy

The Battle of Leyte Gulf

Japan's Last Naval Exploits

Losses They Couldn't Afford

Final Push in the Philippines

Lastly, Luzon

Mopping up and Rebuilding

Freedom Returns to an Old Ally

Chapter 20. The Rhineland Campaign

The Jewel

The Mighty Fortress at Metz

Conquest of the Rhine

Horror at Remagen

Nazi Remnants Regroup

The Central Campaign

Encircling the Ruhr

Finally, Berlin

Mopping Up in Bavaria

The Fuhrer Dies

Chapter 21. Two Final Hurdles: Iwo Jima and Okinawa

A Vital Steppingstone

The Enemy Entrenched

A Deadly Prelude

Scrambling off the Beach

Mounting Casualties

A Damn Good Marine

Last Stand for the Enemy

They Fell from the Sky

Assaulting Okinawa

"Keep Your Head and Ass Down"

Reflections

Like Nothing Before or Since

[Between chapters:]

Prisoners of War

USS Indianapolis Delivers the Bomb

Chapter 22. Escalating the Bombing Campaign over Japan

Arrival of the Superforts

A Change in Strategy

Unleashing the Firebombs

The Final Assault on Japan

Millions of Defenders

Honoring the Emperor

The "Pumpkins"

Power of the Sun

The Emperor "Swallows Tears"

The Occupiers

Chapter 23. Returning Home, Finally

Anxious to Return

Dealing with Injuries

Returning from War, Going to School

Fighting for Their Old Jobs

An Unfulfilled Dream

Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9781592285488
Subtitle:
America's Athletes in World War II
Publisher:
Lyons Press
Author:
Bloomfield, Gary L.
Subject:
General
Subject:
Military - General
Subject:
Military - World War II
Subject:
Military
Subject:
Sports - General
Subject:
General Sports & Recreation
Subject:
Biography-Military
Subject:
General History
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20041101
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
bandw photographs
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
10 x 8 in

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"Synopsis" by , It's hard to imagine Derek Jeter or Tiger Woods heading to Iraq to join the U.S. Armed Forces. But in World War II no American man between the ages of 20 and 45 was too big to serve-except for the basketball players who exceeded the Army's 6'6 limits for recruits, a situation illustrated in this excellent book. Part log, part pictorial, and total history lesson, this book could be sent to school with your kids and used for social studies class. Riveting and moving. -Sports Illustrated

Painstakingly researched and profusely illustrated, DUTY, HONOR, VICTORY tells the stories of the well-known athletes whose onfield exploits brought another type of fame, but whose battlefield duty has long been overlooked. Here is football's Chuck Bednarik flying bombing missions over Germany, baseball's Bob Feller commanding an anti-aircraft gun crew aboard the USS Alabama; Warren Spahn wounded and nearly killed when the bridge at Remagen collapses, or Yogi Berra on a rocket boat in Normandy. Here are boxer Gene Tunney, ballplayer Bert Shepard. Winter Olympic athletes in the famed Tenth Mountain Division, black athletes in the Tuskegee Airmen.

DUTY, HONOR, VICTORY covers all sports, from tennis, golf, and baseball to football, and basketball. The well-known professionals, the lesser-known college athletes, and those who toiled in obscurity-they all performed their duty extraordinarily. DUTY, HONOR, VICTORY covers World War II from the origins of Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan in the 1930s through their defeats in 1945-and extends into 1946 and the integration of major league baseball.

DUTY, HONOR, VICTORY covers a wide range of athletes, whose love of competition served them well inbattle: Dizzy Dean, Larry Doby, Enos Slaughter, Monte Irvin, Pee Wee Reese, Art Donovan, Pete Gray, Jackie Robinson, Gil Hodges, Hoyt Wilhelm, Emlen Tunnell, and scores of others.

"Synopsis" by ,
A touching, memorable, and long-overdue account of America's athletes on the battlefield.

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