When Giants Roamed The Earth: a WWII era picture of a meeting between two of my idols, Benny Leonard (far left) and Barney Ross (the Marine on the right). Also present are fellow HOFers Tony Canzoneri and Mickey Walker. One of the bravest, toughest men ever to come out of the United States, in addition to winning world titles as a boxer, Ross joined the Marines when WWII broke out, and asked to transfer from a training position in San Diego to active combat He was awarded America's third highest military honor, the Silver Star with a Presidential Citation, for heroism on Guadalcanal. One night, he was one of four wounded Marines surrounded by enemy forces. Ross, who was the only one able to fight, held their position and single-handedly killed nearly two dozen Japanese soldiers over a hellish night of battle, praying in Hebrew as he went. He then carried a fellow Marine to safety who outweighed him by about 90 pounds.
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