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 Bert R. Shepard

Bert R. Shepard

Birth
Dana, Vermillion County, Indiana, USA
Death 16 Jun 2008 (aged 87)
Highland, San Bernardino County, California, USA
Burial Riverside, Riverside County, California, USA
Plot Section BC, Row, D Site 377
Memorial ID 27761332 · View Source
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Major League Baseball Player. While serving in the United States Army Air Forces during World War II, Shepard's plane was shot down over enemy territory. After being taken prisoner, German physicians amputated a portion of his badly damaged right leg below the knee. Later he was freed in a prisoner of war exchange and returned to the United States to recover. Prior to the war, Shepard was pitching in the minor leagues. Now fitted with an artificial limb, he tried out for and made the Washington Senators team. His only appearance in the big leagues came in a game against the Boston Red Sox on August 4, 1945. Shepard pitched in 5 innings while striking out two batters. The following season, he served as a coach with the Senators. With his feat, he served as a role model for disabled veterans.

Bio by: C.S.


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PRISONER OF WAR
IN LOVING MEMORY


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Originally Created by: C.S.
  • Added: 23 Jun 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 27761332
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Bert R. Shepard (28 Jun 1920–16 Jun 2008), Find A Grave Memorial no. 27761332, citing Riverside National Cemetery, Riverside, Riverside County, California, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .