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While taxiing on the runway however, he accidentally clipped a fence with his wingtip, washing him out of flight school.
While lying on the ground, he urged his platoon on, until he was carried off to an aid station.
(October 22, 1915–March 8, 1945) was a two-sport athlete at Baylor University, a professional football player with the New York Giants, and an officer in the United States Marine Corps.
He fought, and died, at the Battle of Iwo Jima during World War II and received the Medal of Honor for his service.
He finished his high school education at Texas Military College on a two-year sports scholarship and won all-conference honors for his participation in football.
He graduated on May 28, 1937, receiving scholarship offers from Baylor University and Tulane University. There, he was an All-Southwest Conference center fielder for three years and an outstanding end on the football team. For two consecutive years, he was nominated by the Associated Press to the All-American team, and in 1938 he made honorable mention for the team. Before he left Baylor, he signed a minor league baseball contract with the Wichita Falls Spudders, and uniform player's contract with the New York Giants.