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Baseball's Greatest Sacrifice

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Those Who Died That Others Might Be Free


Con Radocy


Date and Place of Birth: circa 1918 Aerial, Alberta Canada

Died: July 28, 1944 France

Baseball Experience: Amateur
Position: Pitcher/Outfield
Rank: Gunner
Military Unit: Royal Canadian Artillery

Area Served: European Theater of Operations


Conrad M “Con” Radocy was born in Aerial, Alberta in 1918. He was a well known all-around athlete in Drumheller Valley having played baseball and hockey for Rosedale teams.


From 1936 to 1939 he pitched and played the outfield for the Nacmine Juniors, helping them to the Alberta junior baseball playoffs. In 1940 he was playing junior baseball with the Rosedale Midways.


He attended the Red Deer military training center and enlisted on November 10, 1940. He married Vera Tyson on December 31 1941 at the Pro-Cathedral Church of the Redeemer in Calgary, and they had a daughter, Darlene, born in December 1942. Radocy was later stationed at Winnipeg before going overseas.


Gunner Radocy died in France on July 28, 1944 of wounds sustained on July 23. He is buried at the Beny-Sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery in Calvados, France.


A memorial service was held at home at Knox Church in August. Reverand H V Ellison of Rockyford, conducted the service. “Conrad Radocy will be much missed in this district,” declared the Drumheller Mail on August 17, 1944. “He was highly respected by all who knew him. His sterling qualities endeared him to his friends.”


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