Captain Theodore S. Williams




Former captain and baseball star Theodore "Ted" Samuel Williams was born 30 August 1918 at San Diego, California. On 2 May 1944, he was appointed a second lieutenant in the Marine Corps Reserve.

During World War II, he was stationed in Hawaii from July to November 1945. Upon returning to the United States, he served on the West Coast until 28 January 1946, when he was released to inactive duty.

On 1 January 1951 he was promoted to captain in the Marine Corps Reserve. Recalled to active duty on 1 May 1952, he served in the Korean area with the 1st Marine Air Wing from February-July 1953. Following his return to the United States in August, he resigned his Reserve commission to resume his career with the Boston Red Sox in Boston, Massachusetts. Renowned as one of baseball's greatest hitters, Mr. Williams retired from the sport in 1961. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1966, his first year of eligibility for the honor.

Mr. Williams passed away on 5 July 2002 in Inverness, Florida, at the age of 83.

Mr. Williams' medals and decorations include the Air Medal with two gold stars, the Presidential Unit Citation, the Korean Service Medal and the United Nations Service Medal. 

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