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Old 10-21-2020, 10:59 PM
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Default What American boxers saw combat in WWII?

A recent thread here noted that Lightweight/welterweight champ Barney Ross saw action as a Marine in the South Pacific, and was awarded a Silver Star for bravery. Now I wonder how many other American boxers actually experienced combat on the ground, in the air, or on the high seas. Its something Id to research thoroughly and report back. Your suggestions?
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Old 10-21-2020, 11:48 PM
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I'd bet the historian at the boxing HOF could help. IBHOF.com
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Old 10-22-2020, 09:02 AM
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WW2 era Ring Magazines devoted entire sections to both Military Boxing and Stateside boxers who were active in the military.
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Not an American boxer, but Max Schmeling survived through WWII as a German paratrooper, essentially with a bounty on his head, after he pissed off Hitler.
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Here's a list of World War II Veterans compiled by Boxrec. Which of these guys actually saw combat would need additional research.

https://boxrec.com/media/index.php/C...ar_II_Veterans
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Fred Apostoli (late 1930's Middleweight Champ) was still an active boxer, served as a gunner in the Pacific aboard the USS Columbia, and resumed his career after the war was over.
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