It has been a few weeks since last posting, and I have a couple of good stories to relate, but we are rapidly approaching Nov. 11, 2018, the hundredth anniversary since the Armistice in Europe ending WWI. I've had a hero in mind to honor, not of that war but WWII. We've posted stories in the past of men and women who were Olympians and who died fighting for their countries in both good and by some historians' definitions in bad causes. Nevertheless those angels and scoundrels suffered the same fate answering their countries' demands on them and paying with their lives. We honor those men and women this week and all weeks.
Olympians Who Died in War Here is the link to that earlier post.
The man I wish to remember this year is different in that he did not die in combat. Instead he led his troops to a victory. That victory was Iwo Jima in the Pacific. His battalion raised the flag on Mt. Suribachi. He was not in command of the whole Iwo Jima operation, but he was on the ground leading his unit, the 28th Marines. Not the safest place to be that month.
I'm talking about Harry Liversedge. Hardly a household word these days yet one who over the years proved himself tough as the proverbial keg of nails. I've not found a picture of Harry Liversedge smiling. He must have been a serious man going about serious business all his life.
Born in Volcano, California, 70 miles east of Sacramento, in 1894. Harry played football at Cal Berkeley, won the IC4A shot put in 1917, and joined the Marines that same year. He participated in the 1920 Olympics in Antwerp placing third behind two Finns. This was the first time Americans did not win the shot. He got the shot out to about 46 feet, but from these pictures it is clear that he was not a behemoth as many of his contemporaries. Liversedge also qualified for the 1924 games in Paris but did not participate. He died in 1951 and is buried near his birthplace in Pine Grove, CA.
Of note: Liversedge may have played rugby against Eric Liddell when both were based in Tientsien, China in the 1920s, but it is not yet documented. Here is a link to that part of Harry's history.
Liversedge, Rugby, China Clik Here
Here follows a more detailed resume of Liversedge's career both athletic and military.
|Plaque at Liversedge Field Camp LeJeune|
|Marine Rugby Team in Tientsien China in the 1920s|
Harry is on the extreme right second row.