Baseball in Wartime

Baseball's Greatest Sacrifice

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Those Who Died That Others Might Be Free


Don Dudding


Date and Place of Birth: Bancroft, Iowa
Date and Place of Death: November 24, 1944 Bancroft, Iowa
Baseball Experience: Semi-Pro
Position: Catcher
Rank: Sergeant
Military Unit: US Army
Area Served: Pacific Theater of Operations


Donald Dudding was born in Bancroft, Iowa. He was a catcher with the Bancroft, Iowa baseball team was behind the plate for the Albert Lea team in Minnesota in 1942.


Sergeant Dudding served with the Marines and was at Tarawa and the Marshall Islands. He was home on furlough when, on November 24, 1944, while was traveling alone in his car, a tire blew out causing the car to crash. Don Dudding was unconscious when he was taken to the hospital at the Camp Algona Prisoner of War camp, where he died several hours later.


Added June 26, 2007.


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