John J. Pinder Jr.: Baseball hero who chose greater sacrifice

John J. Pinder Jr.: Baseball hero who chose greater sacrifice


By March 1944, Army Tech. 5th Grade John J. Pinder Jr. had seen over a year of combat. With the 16th Infantry, he’d participated in the Allied landings at Algeria and fought in in the mountains of Sicily. Now, he was in England, preparing for the planned invasion of Normandy.

And yet, it was his family’s well-being, not his own, that concerned him. His younger brother Harold, a bomber pilot in the Army Air Corps, had been shot down over Europe that January. Having managed to the get the details of his brother’s disappearance, as well as his probable whereabouts in a German POW camp, Pinder wrote his father a nine-page letter sharing everything he knew.

He concluded it by encouraging his father to hope

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