From local competitions to the world stage, military athletes bring the same physical prowess, dedication and spirit of excellence to playing fields that they do the battlefield, and continue to influence the rich history of America’s sporting life.
Tom Woodruff played minor league baseball before joining the military. He saw action in the Pacific Theater as a fighter pilot during World War II, losing his life on a mission near Manila, Philippines, and was awarded the Navy Cross for his actions under fire.
Two special tactics airmen competed together at the International Bobsled and Skeleton Federation North American Cup for a chance to represent Team USA at the 2022 Winter Olympics.
Keith Bissonnette played minor league baseball before being drafted into the Army during World War II. He was assigned to the Army Air Force where he flew more than 200 missions and earned several awards, including the Purple Heart Medal.
The Department of Defense provides the military forces needed to deter war and ensure our nation's security.