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Jonathan Lucroy Receives Bob Feller Act of Valor Award

November 5th, 2015

 

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In September 2011, something changed Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy’s perspective. That’s when John Coker Jr., Lucroy’s former roommate and teammate at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, was seriously wounded in an ambush while serving in Afghanistan with the Oklahoma National Guard.

Coker survived, but the incident and its aftermath gave Lucroy a new appreciation for the sacrifices that service members and their families make. He soon began finding ways to give back to them, and four years later, Lucroy was honored for those contributions as he received the 2015 Bob Feller Act of Valor Award in a ceremony on Wednesday night at the U.S. Navy Memorial.

“It took something personal to happen for me to realize that, ‘Hey, I think I want to do something with this and help out,'” Lucroy said. “I’m on this platform as a baseball player and able to give back and help and do things for people to distract them from their problems, so why not try to focus it toward veterans?”

This was the third year of the award, which Peter Fertig started to honor the legacy of Feller, the late Indians pitcher who took almost four full seasons out of the prime of his Hall of Fame career to serve in World War II. Feller, who enlisted in the Navy almost immediately after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, saw combat in both the North Atlantic and the Pacific, earning six campaign ribbons and eight battle stars.

Each year, an active Major Leaguer and a Hall of Famer are chosen out of a list of nominees for possessing “the values, integrity and dedication to serving our country that Bob Feller himself displayed.” An award also is given to a Navy Chief Petty Officer, the rank Feller achieved during his time in the service.

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