Athletes who also served time in the United States Armed Forces

Every athlete puts his or her body on the line each time they step on the field — but some superstars have put their lives on the line, too.

During several wars throughout the history of the United States, notable athletes put their sporting careers on hold to serve their country. Some, including Jackie Robinson, put in their service before making the big leagues. Others, like Ted Williams, took time away in the middle of their playing days.

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