The “Classic UCLA Bruins, Rediscovered” blog has a Memorial Day tribute to four UCLA football-players who lost their lives during World War II.
One of the men was Charles B. Pike. Not too long ago, some of Pike’s war letters and other correspondence appeared on eBay. I did bid on them, unsuccessfully. I hope whoever has them is a football fan.
Francis Wai is probably the most noted of UCLA football-players to perish during World War II. He was ultimately awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor, and the story of his heroism is awe-inspiring.
UCLA has saluted its veterans more than once. Here are two places on the internet:
Ironically, the UCLA Magazine article shows a picture of Merle Harris running with the ball, and identifies him as Francis Wai.
UCLA loves to brag about its athletes who participated in the Olympics or who ended up in the NFL (as do other schools, of course). Those kinds of claims pale into insignificance when one considers the contributions of the many Bruins (athletes and non-athletes) who have died in the service of our country.