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Jack Lummus and Al Blozis, casualties of World War II
Oct 7 2008, 4:17 PM EDTOn December 2, 1945, the first page of the Giants vs. Eagles program said:
Blozis, Lummus, Who Died in War, Honored by Giants
This last day of the professional football season at the Polo Grounds is dedicated by the Giants to two of their team mates who lost their lives in the war, Al Blozis who died in the Vosges Mountains, and Jack Lummus who was killed on Iwo Jima.
At and Jack were splendid men. That they also were grand fellows and fine football players now, alas, is only incidental. The Giants miss them. They miss their fellowship, they miss the tone these men lent to the clubhouse and field ensemble.
Today plaques commemorating their deeds are unveiled here at the Polo Grounds.
Blozis joined the Giants in 1942 after winning fame in football and as the world's champion shot putter at Georgetown. Big At (he weighed 250 and stood 6:6) did well in his freshman year with the pros. In his second he won all league tackle honors.
After the 1943 gridiron campaign the North Bergen, N. J. giant got into the Army the hard way. He had been turned down several times because of his size. After winning his gold bars, At received special permission to play with the Giants the last three 1944 games. His gridiron farewell was December 17 when the Giants opposed the Green Bay Packers for the title. Two days later At was on his way to the front.
1st Lt. Lummus was killed in an infantry-tank attack which broke one of the Japs' final and most stubborn lines of resistance on Iwo Jima.
The following year, On May 5, 1946 Harry S. Truman, President of the United States, signed the Citation awarding posthumously the Medal of Honor to First Lieutenant Jack Lummus.
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1. RE: Jack Lummus and Al Blozis, casualties of World War II
Nov 7 2011, 1:32 PM ESTAl Blozis had his number (32) retired by the Giants and deservedly so. Jack Lummus died at Iwo Jima and was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor by President Truman. In my opinion , Jack Lummus also should have his number retired by the Giants. The MOH trumps ANY Football award and should automatically warrant the retirement of his number. Just one man's opinion. 9 out of 9 found this valuable. Do you?