Joe DiMaggio, MLB
“The Yankee Clipper” was one of the best players in baseball—he’d just capped the longest hitting streak in baseball history with 56 games, a record that still stands—when he put a pause on his career to enlist in the United States Army Air Forces in 1943. He served for nearly three years before receiving a medical discharge in 1945. DiMaggio entered the Armed Forces during the prime years of his career—and he still finished his playing days with 13 All-Star appearances and nine World Series championships.
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