Legacy of the 39
Love of country, service and your fellow man. A passion for selflessness and dedication
While many of America's military members of today are ordinary citizens, young men and women, fresh out of high school or college, all with varying interests, they do share one common, underlying trait.
Dedication has been the backbone of the United States' armed services since its inception. If not for the dedication of our troops who endure unimaginable discomforts, far away from family and loved ones, our freedoms would not be possible.
“I was only a gun captain on the battleship Alabama for 34 months. People have called me a hero for that, but I'll tell you this - heroes don't come home. Survivors come home.”
-- Bob Feller
The Story of the 39
Every generation has examples that highlight the best of us with regards to selfless acts, dedications to causes that are bigger than themselves and unparalleled passion to serve. During the start of WWII a trend emerged that a small group of individuals that dedicated there lives to the love of our countries national past time stepped away for a great love. This great love was the love of country, freedom and liberty for all persons in the world. These 39 waput their passion and love of baseball to serve a greater cause.
We highlight these individuals not for their actions, but for the characteristics and ideals that makes our culture and society a shining example of what great human are really all about. It is their stories that we recognize and educate future generations about to encourage them to be the best versions of themselves and servant citizens of a global community.
These 39 military members were not necessarily ordinary citizens–at least not in the sense of their everyday occupation exhibited this backbone of dedication. These military members are all former baseball players. Though, they aren't even ordinary in terms of being baseball players.
Some were drafted, some enlisted of their own accord. They ALL characterized the four pillars of this foundation, and that highlight them in our Walk of Heroes.