Veterans Day: Golfers Who Served in the Military

ArnoldPalmerVDArnold Palmer

Palmer enlisted in the Coast Guard in 1950 and served as a Yeoman until 1953. He was able to play golf while serving, and would go on to win the U.S. Amateur in 1954.

BenHoganVDBen Hogan

Hogan served in the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II. A lieutenant, he was a utility pilot and was stationed in Fort Worth, Texas. Hogan’s service interrupted the prime of his professional playing career, but he would go on to win his first of nine major titles, the 1946 PGA Championship, after serving.

BobbyJonesVDBobby Jones

Jones served during World War II, eventually becoming an intelligence officer. Jones reached the rank of lieutenant colonel and served as a prisoner-of-war interrogator in 1944. His superiors initially wanted Jones to remain in the U.S. and play exhibition golf, but he insisted on serving overseas. Several golfers, particularly those unable to serve, played exhibition golf during WWII to support the troops.

LloydMangrumVDLloyd Mangrum

Mangrum was offered the head pro job at Fort Meade golf course in Maryland during World War II, a job that would have kept him from serving, but he declined the position. He would go on to serve in the Army and win two Purple Hearts, having been wounded in The Battle of the Bulge, a German offensive campaign that lasted from Dec. 1944 through Jan. 1945. This attack resulted in the highest number of U.S. casualties for any one WWII battle.


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About Patrick Gonzalez

A wandered spirit at times, but passionate about family values, interested in world cultures, and taking the journey through life with vigor and no fear in trying something new. Patrick received his FAA pilot’s license in High School before acquiring a driver’s license. He still flies regularly to keep proficient in instrument and multi-engine ratings. Traveled all over the world while in the U.S. Navy and became very appreciative of different cultures. After his military service he grew a passion for golf and became a PGA professional. He authored “Golf’s Deadly Sins” and has over 30 years of teaching experience. Patrick says that experience has shown him that nothing invented by man will ever come at you harder than life itself. "It’s always better to be on the ground wishing that you were flying, than flying wishing you were on the ground."

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