How many NFL players died in the Second World War?

How many NFL players died in the second World War?

World War II claimed the lives of 23 NFL men – 21 active or former players, an ex-head coach and a team executive.

Listed below are the NFL personnel killed during the war:

  • Cpl. Mike Basca (HB, Philadelphia, 1941) – Killed in France in 1944
  • Lt. Charlie Behan (E, Detroit, 1942) – Killed on Okinawa in 1945
  • Maj. Keith Birlem (E, CardinalsWashington, 1939) – Killed trying to land combat damaged bomber in England in 1943
  • Lt. Al Blozis (T, Giants, 1942-1944) – Killed in France, 1945
  • Lt. Chuck Braidwood (E, Portsmouth-ClevelandCardinals-Cincinnati, 1930-1933) – Member of Red Cross. Killed in South Pacific, winter 1944-1945
  • Lt. Young Bussey (QB, Bears, 1940-1941) – Killed in Philippines landing assault in 1944
  • Lt. Jack Chevigny (Coach, Cardinals, 1932) – Killed on Iwo Jima in 1945
  • Capt. Ed Doyle (E, Frankford-Pottsville, 1924-1925) – Killed during North Africa invasion in 1942
  • Lt. Col. Grassy Hinton (B, Staten Island, 1932) – Killed in plane crash in East Indies in 1944
  • Capt. Smiley Johnson (G, Green Bay, 1940-1941) – Killed on Iwo Jima in 1945
  • Lt. Eddie Kahn (G, Boston/Washington, 1935-1937) – Died from wounds suffered during Leyte invasion in 1945
  • Sgt. Alex Ketzko (T, Detroit, 1943) – Killed in France in 1944
  • Capt. Lee Kizzire (FB, Detroit, 1937) – Shot down near New Guinea in 1943
  • Lt. Jack Lummus (E, Giants, 1941) – Killed on Iwo Jima in 1945
  • Bob Mackert (T, Rochester Jeffersons, 1925)
  • Frank Maher (B, PittsburghCleveland Rams, 1941)
  • Pvt. Jim Mooney (E-G-FB, Newark-Brooklyn-Cincinnati-St. Louis-Cardinals, 1930-1937) – Killed by sniper in France in 1944
  • Lt. John O’Keefe (Front office, Philadelphia) – Killed flying a patrol mission in Panama Canal Zone
  • Chief Spec. Gus Sonnenberg (B, Buffalo-Columbus-Detroit-Providence, 1923-1928, 1930) – Died of illness at Bethesda Naval Hospital in 1944
  • Lt. Len Supulski (E, Philadelphia, 1942) – Killed in plane crash in Nebraska in 1944
  • Lt. Don Wemple (E, Brooklyn, 1941) – Killed in plane crash in India in 1944
  • Lt. Chet Wetterlund (HB, CardinalsDetroit, 1942) – Killed in plane crash off New Jersey coast in 1944
  • Capt. Waddy Young (E, Brooklyn, 1939-1940) – Killed in plane crash following first B-29 raid on Tokyo in 1945

SOURCE:

http://www.profootballhof.com/news/football-s-wartime-heroes/

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