Summary: Over a period of twenty-five years, the author has researched game programs, books, magazines and videos, along with a vast number of local and service newspapers, to identify the players and coaches from the three major eras of service football. In doing so, he has also compiled a history of the development of physical education training in the pre-WWI period. Using the game programs to determine the persons seen in the videos has been a great help for some games, but with constant changes and redeployments, some players are still unknown. However, the great and small teams are here: Great Lakes, Mare Island, Iowa Pre-Flight, Second Air Force, Fleet City, Camp Lejeune, Fort Jackson, Bainbridge, Parris Island, Georgia Pre-Flight, Bolling AFB and so many others. The early pioneers of the National Football League (including George Halas, Paddy Driscoll, Jimmy Conzelman and many others) were some of the stars of the early era of service football. Here, too, are the many men from high school and college teams who played service football and then returned to civilian life, college or professional football after the war. Some didn't return--and it is to their memories that this book is dedicated.
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