Elmer John “Joe” Gedeon

Elmer John “Joe” Gedeon

Birth
Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, USA
Death 20 Apr 1944 (aged 27)
Saint-Pol-sur-Mer, Departement du Nord, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France
Burial Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
Plot Sec: 34, Site: 3047
Memorial ID 42572833 · View Source
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Elmer John Gedeon (April 15, 1917 – April 20, 1944) is one of only two Major League Baseball players killed in action during World War II. He was also a multi-sport star in college at the University of Michigan. He flew several missions in the European Theater of Operations as an officer of the United States Army Air Force before his final, fatal military operation.

At Michigan, Gedeon became an All-American in track and field, and earned varsity letters in both American football and baseball. He tied a world record in the high hurdles in 1938. After graduating, Gedeon had a stint in Major League Baseball as an outfielder for the Washington Senators. Gedeon spent most of the 1939 and 1940 baseball seasons in the minor leagues, but he was called up to the Senators in September 1939.

Gedeon's baseball career was cut short when he was drafted by the United States Army in early 1941. He trained as a bomber pilot, and was decorated for bravery after his plane crashed in 1942. He was ultimately shot down and killed while piloting a B-26 bomber on a mission over France in April 1944.

Gravesite Details CAPT USA AAF WWII AC

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  • Created by: Coleman ✿
  • Added: 1 Oct 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 42572833
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Elmer John “Joe” Gedeon (15 Apr 1917–20 Apr 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 42572833, citing Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Coleman ✿ (contributor 47076912) .