Posted by: Jacqui Murray | May 21, 2014

Wednesday Hero: Lt. Col. Jerry Coleman

This post was suggested by MichaelU.S. Marines

Lt.Col. Jerry ColemanLt. Col. Jerry Coleman
89 years old from San Diego, Calif.
VMTB-341, VMA-323
September 14, 1924 – January 5, 2014

Jerry Coleman, a decorated war hero, Yankee World Series MVP and Hall of Fame San Diego Padres broadcaster, died January 5 at age 89 after a career of more than 70 years in baseball.

Coleman signed with the Yankees out of the San Francisco sandlots in 1942 only to spend the next three years as a Marine bomber pilot in the Pacific theater of World War II, flying 57 combat missions over the Solomon Islands. Upon his return from the war he rejoined the Yankees only to be called back to duty in ’51. He flew another 120 missions in Korea and rose to the rank of lieutenant colonel.You can read more about Lt. Col. Coleman here

These brave men and women sacrifice so much in their lives just so others may get to enjoy freedom. For that I am proud to call them Hero.
Those Who Say That We’re In A Time When There Are No Heroes, They Just Don’t Know Where To Look

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  1. I had no idea he was a Marine. RIP Colonel.


    • I love reading when these amazing guys die after full lives. Who can ask more? Not me.


      • Actually, I’d like to ask them to let us know before they’re gone. I’d like to personally thank them.


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