Baseball in Wartime

Baseball's Greatest Sacrifice


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Those Who Died That Others Might Be Free

Purple Heart

 

Paul Mellblom

 

Date and Place of Birth: 1916 New Jersey

Died: January 14, 1945 Belgium

Baseball Experience: Minor League
Position: Unknown
Rank: Technician Fifth Grade
Military Unit: 41st Cavalry Recon Squadron, 11th Armored Division US Army

Area Served: European Theater of Operations

 

Paul V A Mellblom was born in 1916. He was signed by the New York Giants organization in 1938 and was briefly on their roster that year but spent most of the season with Federalsburg in the Eastern Shore League. In 1939 he was with Milford in the same league but retired from baseball when he developed a sore arm.

 

Mellblom entered military service with the Army in Newark, New Jersey on November 16, 1942.

 

Technician Fifth Grade Mellblom served with the 41st Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron of the 11th Armored Division in Europe. He was killed in action during the last days of the Battle of the Bulge on January 14, 1945.

 

Minor League Baseball

Paul Mellblom is buried at Luxemborg American Cemetery.

 

Thanks to David Straub for his help with information relating to this biography.

 

Added June 30, 2007. Updated October 28, 2007.

 

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