Ted Williams in the Korean War

Ted Williams

The Korean War

Ted Williams was a baseball legend, playing left field for the Boston Red Sox. He was a 19 time All Star, a two time Most Valuable Player, and a six time batting champion. He left professional baseball in the middle of a season that would see him win the American League Triple Crown to serve as a United States Marine Corps Naval Aviator during WW2 flying F4U Corsair fighters.

Returning to civilian life in 1946, he stayed in the Reserves while playing Professional Baseball and like so many others was called back to active duty for the Korean War on May 2, 1952. Unlike WWII, the nation was divided over the fighting in Korea and lacked the unified spirit of that previous war. Ted flew 39 combat missions with the Third Marine Air Wing’s 311th Squadron.