Hall of fame baseball player Willie Mays was Rookie of the Year in 1951. The next year he was drafted into active duty. He served in the Korean War with the U.S. Army.
Boxer Joe Louis enlisted in the Army during WWII where he helped ease racial tensions in military units. He received the Legion of Merit medal for his service.
NBA player David Robinson attended the U.S. Naval Academy and served two tours of duty with the Navy. He went on to win two NBA titles with the Spurs before being inducted to the Hall of Fame.
Legendary baseball player Jackie Robinson was drafted into a segregated unit of the Army in 1942. During his service he was court-martialed for refusing to move to the back of an Army bus.
We thank you all for your sacrifice so that we can enjoy our freedom…’SALUTE’