Athletes Who Have Served In The Military

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Jack Dempsey Was There For The Invasion At Okinawa

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“The Manassa Mauler” became a famous boxer in the 1920s. After the United States entered World War II, Dempsey enlisted in New York State Guard. He was commissioned as a first lieutenant, before ultimately resigning and taking his talents to Coast Guard Reserve.

Additionally, Dempsey was part of the USS Arthur Middleton crew during the invasion of Okinawa and was honorably discharged in 1962. He was an inaugural 1954 inductee to The Ring magazine’s Boxing Hall of Fame.