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April 15, 1917|
|Died||April 20, 1944
Saint-Pol, German-occupied France
|Place of burial|
|Allegiance||United States of America|
||United States Army Air Forces|
|Years of service||1941–1944|
|Unit||586th Bomb Squadron, 394th Bombardment Group|
|Battles/wars||World War II
|Awards|| Soldier's Medal
|Alma mater||University of Michigan|
Elmer John Gedeon (April 15, 1917 – April 20, 1944) is one of only two Major League Baseball players killed in action during World War II. He was also a multi-sport star in college at the University of Michigan.
At Michigan, Gedeon became an All-American in track and field, and earned varsity letters in both American football and baseball. He tied a world record in the high hurdles in 1938. After graduating, Gedeon had a position in Major League Baseball as an outfielder for the Washington Senators. Gedeon spent most of the 1939 and 1940 baseball seasons in the minor leagues. He was called up to the Senators in September 1939.
Gedeon's was drafted by the United States Army in early 1941. Since he was drafted, he had to stop baseball. He trained as a bomber pilot. He served in combat, and was shot down and killed in France, April of 1944.
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