An interesting question is whether Dempsey would have had a better, worse, or about same career if he had served in WWI (without injury/fatality). It certainly would have interrupted a period of great progress; however, I am seeing (in reading Pollack's second Dempsey book) that non-service issues are -- even in 1922, against proposed white opponents -- derailing his efforts to keep active. Also, the (earlier) trial itself must have been a distraction. And if Jack had served in WWI, would Dempsey-Carpentier had been such a MEGA-event? And if not so lucrative, would Kearns be so cautious about risking the title, and might Dempsey have defended more actively? Ponderable imponderables. [Post proof read and somewhat restructured for greater clarity].