Jackie Robinson, MLB
Before breaking the color barrier in Major League Baseball, Robinson was drafted into service for World War II. The future Brooklyn Dodgers star became a second lieutenant in 1943 after getting into Officer Candidate School, and was later assigned to the 761st “Black Panthers” Tank Battalion. Robinson didn’t see action overseas and was honorably discharged in 1944. He went on to be one of the most influential baseball players of all time, winning the National League MVP award in 1949 and the World Series with the Dodgers in 1955. His number 42 jersey is retired by all 30 MLB teams.
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