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Veteran’s Day

PBSCCS Honors Navy Veteran, Yogi Berra

Everyone knows, loves and respects Yogi Berra for his Hall of Fame career with the Yankees and Yogism’s. The PBSCCS would like to honor and thank him for his service in the United States Navy during World War II.

Yogi signed with the Yankees in 1943, but put his baseball career on hold to join the Navy. He served in the Navy from 1943-1945 as a gunner’s mate on the USS Bayfield. At the age of 19, he provided machine gun and rocket cover across the heavily defended beach front for US troops as they landed on Utah Beach in Normandy, France on D-Day, June 6, 1944.

Yogi was wounded in the hand by enemy fire during the battle and received the Purple Heart. He continued to support the Navy after his discharge and was awarded the Lone Sailor Award in 2009 and Audi Murphy Award in 2010 for his Navy service.

 In typical Yogi fashion, when asked about his D-Day experience Yogi said, “Being a young guy, you didn’t think nothing of it until you got into it.”

Years later, when asked about what he remembered about the sights and sounds of his experience, Yogi said – “I don’t see colors too good, but I think the Germans wore grey that day.”

Thank you, Yogi and all veterans, for your service to the United States of America.

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