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1944 El Toro Marines

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1944 El Toro Marines
Team photo includes pros Wee Willie Wilkins (28), Cliff Battles, Frank Balasz (33), Chuck Fenenbock (10), Paul Governali (44), Bill Kennedy (20), Vern Gagne (24), Dick Evans (23), Bob Dove (21), Orville Tuttle (42), Tony Sumpter (52), Dick Handley (14), Walt Clay (15), Don Griffin (16), Bob Hein (50), Chuck Huneke (30), Ernie Lewis (12), Bob McLeod (17), Harley McCollum (27), Lloyd McDermott (35), Joe Ruetz (32), and Bill Schroeder (13)
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3 Comments

Reply Shadrack Jones
3:03 PM on April 3, 2013 
That would have been a great book! Those were the toughest men ever to play the game. After the war every college and pro team in America was made up of WWII vets. My dad was a 22 year old freshman at San Jose State who had fought the Imperial Army of Japan on the Island of Attu. Football was easy and fun to those guys.
Reply Bucko
8:51 AM on March 31, 2013 
Several years ago, Tod Maher and I tried to write a book on WWII service football. I wrote to many former players and they sent me many old football programs. Unfortunately the project was bigger than the both of us and the book was never completed.
Reply Shadrack Jones
10:40 AM on March 28, 2013 
I've got a program for the 1945, Navy vs. Marines game played at Pearl Harbor. Many of the same Marines who played in that game are on this team. Cliff Battles was the coach at the Pearl Harbor game.