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Samuel Woodrow 'Sam' Cathcart


Sam Cathcart

Date of Birth: July 7, 1924, in Canute, Oklahoma

Date of Death: April 3, 2015, in Santa Barbara, California (90 years old)


Santa Barbara Independent - Published 04/04/15

Sam Cathcart, a true American hero died at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital after a

courageous fight with cancer. 

Did you know?

Mr. Cathcart served our country during World War II.  At one point during the war,

while wound, he fired from his hip to lead his squad in eliminating several german

machine gun nests.  When his ammunition was exhausted, he leaped into an

enemy position and rifle-butted its occupants.

Among his awards are The Purple Heart and Silver Star.


His brother and fellow professional football player, Royal J. Cathcart passed away

February 5, 2012 Royal played pro-football for the 1950 San Francisco 49ers.



1949 San Francisco 49ers (AAFC)

1950 San Francisco 49ers (NFL)

1952 San Francisco 49ers (NFL)


University of California-Santa Barbara