Elmer Gedeon

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Elmer Gedeon
Gedeon, 1938
BornCleveland, Ohio, U.S.
DiedSaint-Pol, France
AllegianceUnited States of America
Service/branchUnited States Army Air Force
Years of service1941–1944
Unit586th Bomb Squadron, 394th Bombardment Group
Battles/warsWorld War II
European Theater of Operations
AwardsSoldier's Medal
Purple Heart

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.

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 position 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. He was called up to the Senators in September 1939.

Gedeon's was drafted by the United States Army in early 1941. Since he was drafted, he had to stop baseball. He trained as a bomber pilot. He served in combat, and was shot down and killed in France, April of 1944.