It’s Veterans Day

Here is a link to a column that I wrote in 2009 about Veterans Day.  A brief bit of the column:

Dick Williams was an [Appleton] Papermaker in 1940 and went on to pitch for the Sheboygan Indians in 1941. He went into the Army in 1942 and didn’t come home.

Williams entered military service with the Army on July 25, 1942 at Kalamazoo , Michigan. He served with the 82nd Field Artillery Battalion of 1st Cavalry Division in the Pacific and was killed in action during the battle for the Philippines on February 21, 1945.

Technician Fifth Grade Williams was posthumously awarded the Silver Star and is buried at the Manila American Cemetery at Fort Bonifacio in Manila , Philippines.

The entry on Williams may be found at the In Memoriam segment of the Baseball in Wartime website.  Here is a part of that website that has a list of players who have served.  Click the link up top for the whole column.

The Disabled American Veterans have been a sponsor of the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers for the last few seasons.  They are online at Twitter (@DAVHQ) and Facebook.  They also put together some Veterans Day videos on YouTube.  Here is one of those videos:

Thanks to all the veterans for their service and their sacrifice.

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