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Date and Place of Birth: January 22, 1919 Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Died: November 5, 2006 Lititz, Pennsylvania
Baseball Experience: Minor League
Position: Third Base
Military Unit: 200th Field Artillery US Army
Area Served: European Theater of Operations
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in Wartime). All Rights Reserved.
Hemperly was assigned to the 200th Field Artillery Unit and continued his baseball activities in England. He played third base for the US Army in the all-professional game at Wembley in 1943 and offered the only threat to Air Force pitcher Bill Brech's no-hitter when he hit a 400-foot shot to left field that just tailed foul.
The 200th Field Artillery was in combat in Europe for 11 months from June 9, 1944. Hemperly was wounded in Germany on April 4, 1945. A compound fracture to his left leg ended the promising young infielder's career. "It was four years to the day that I went into service," he recalls. "I spent the next year in various hospitals."
Hemperly worked for 43 years for the US Postal Service. "I was given a lifetime gold pass to all major league and minor league ball parks because I was not able to return to baseball."
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