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Topic - Elmer Gedeon
Before Memorial Day became a celebration of barbecues, discount sales and ball games, it was a day when the men and women who died while serving in the United States armed forces would be remembered. Perhaps there should be a place at Nationals Park to commemorate the 139 pro ballplayers who died in World War II.
As flames filled his B-26 Marauder over northern France, 1st Lt. James Taaffe scrambled through the bailout checklist.
Gedeon returned to Michigan that fall, serving as an assistant football coach, but he was called to military service in January 1941, the Sporting News noted in a one-paragraph item.
"I had my accident," Gedeon later told his cousin Bob, as recounted by preeminent World War II baseball historian Gary Bedingfield. "It's going to be good flying from now on."