Quote of the Day

[The man introducing us] said, “Mr. Brissie comes over and visits occasionally with the fellows, and he was in World War II.” [The young Iraq vet] looks at me and says, “God, that’s awesome! You guys didn’t even have body armor.” So we each fight our own wars in our own ways. But it has been a great life and great experience. I had great good fortune. And every day has been a terrific day. Some are better than others. But there haven’t been any bad ones, believe me.”

-Former Major League Baseball player and World War II vet Lou Brissie in reference to some of the experiences he has had at a local hospital while spending time with active duty rehab veterans of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Mr. Brissie signed with the Philadelphia Athletics in 1941 and volunteered for military service in 1942. He was wounded while serving with the 88th Division in Italy. His left shinbone was shattered into 30 pieces, and his left ankle and right foot were broken. He convinced doctors not to amputate his leg. Twenty-three operations, three years and countless hours of rehab later he made his debut with the Athletics. He continued pitching in the major leagues for seven years.

Mr. Brissie with wounded warriors from Walter Reed Memorial Hospital at the American Veterans Center’s 2008 conference. The photo is at a reception at Nationals Baseball stadium honoring Bob Feller’s 90th birthday.

Mr. Brissie with wounded warriors from Walter Reed Memorial Hospital at the American Veterans Center’s 2008 conference. The photo is at a reception at Nationals Baseball stadium honoring Bob Feller’s 90th birthday.

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