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Old 07-18-2007, 05:57 PM   #15
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Default Re: Fighters who saw military action

At the invasion of Okinawa, while serving in the U.S. Coast Guard, Jack Dempsey was on board the attack transport ship USS Arthur Middleton, and came ashore with a group of men he had trained into combat at age 49. This made him the first HW champion eligible for internment at Arlington cemetery without a special exemption (such as the one Ronald Reagan gave to Joe Louis), although it wasn't invoked. (During the battle, he captured a fleeing Japanese, only to discover it was a 90 year old man! Nonetheless, Dempsey actually did go into combat.)
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