More than 300 former University of Alabama football players and coaches saw military duty during World War II, and many of them played heroic, leading roles in the bitter fight against Axis aggression.
Alabama football players, like millions of other young men in America, rushed to join the fight soon after the Japanese bombed the U.S. Navy's Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on December 7, 1941. Six Crimson Tide players joined the Marines at halftime during one Alabama football game. Two others- Paul "Bear" Bryant and George Zivich- literally pushed their way to the front of the line to join up.
The personal war-time stories of many of these men are told here as a tribute to all the Crimson Tide players who earned our enduring admiration on the football field and in wartime. They were all heroes then and they are all heroes still.