Ted Williams is regarded as one of the best hitters in the history of professional baseball. He played for the Boston Red Sox from 1939-42, then when the United States entered World War II, Williams petitioned the draft board to allow him to enlist.
Williams was offered a state side position similar to that of Joe DiMaggio, but joined the United States Naval Aviation Program instead.
At the completion of the war he was stationed at Pearl Harbor as a combat flight training instructor and was scheduled to be shipped to the far east just weeks before Japan officially surrendered.
Upon returning to the Red Sox in 1946, he won the AL MVP award in 1946 and 1949.
After the completion of WWII, Williams remained in the active reserves.
When the U.S. entered the Korean War he reenlisted as a member of the Marine Corps Air Force. He saw active combat in Pohang, Korea and flew a total of 39 combat missions during the Korean War.
He was discharged in 1953 and returned to Red Sox to complete his career as a 19 time all-star and was enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1966. He finished his career with 2.654 hits.
He was a two-time triple crown winner and is the last player to bat over .400 in a single season.