How many Cardinals 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. Unfortunately,
Listed below are the NFL personnel killed during the war:
- Maj. Keith Birlem (E, Cardinals–Washington, 1939) – Killed trying to land combat damaged bomber in England in 1943
- Lt. Chuck Braidwood (E, Portsmouth-Cleveland–Cardinals-Cincinnati, 1930-1933) – Member of Red Cross. Killed in South Pacific, winter 1944-1945
- Lt. Jack Chevigny (Coach, Cardinals, 1932) – Killed on Iwo Jima in 1945
- Lt. Chet Wetterlund (HB, Cardinals–Detroit, 1942) – Killed in plane crash off New Jersey coast in 1944
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