Maurice Britt, an end, played one season (1941) for the Detroit Lions and hoped to resume his career after military service.
Unfortunatley, Maurice Britt was injured in battle and lost his arm. Britt known as a “one man army,” became the first soldier in World War II to receive the Medal of Honor, Distinguished Service Cross, and Silver Star.
Capt. Joe Foss was awarded his Medal of Honor as a result of “outstanding heroism and courage above and beyond the call of duty as executive officer of Marine Fighting Squadron 121, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, at Guadalcanal.”
After his service in the Marines, Joe Foss served as the Commissioner of the American Football League, from 1960 to 1966.
Jack Lummas was a promising end with the 1941 New York Giants before joining the Marines.
Lieutenant Jack Lummus was killed on the island of Iwo Jima on March 8, 1945 while leading his platoon during a two-day battle against the Japanese. He was posthumously awarded his Medal of Honor.