Anne Feller on petition for Bob Feller to recieve Presidential Medal of Freedom

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Bob Feller served as a team leader for the Cleveland Indians for 18 years, but more importantly served our country in the U.S. Navy during World War II from 1941 – 1945. Feller was the first baseball player to enlist in the U.S. Navy after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. In December of 1941, Feller headed off to war despite his booming career with the Cleveland Indians. Additionally, his father had terminal cancer at the time, but Feller insisted on serving his country.

For Feller’s extraordinary efforts on and off the field, we believe he deserves to be recognized with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The Medal of Freedom is the highest civilian award in the United States, given “for especially meritorious contribution to 1) the security or national interests of the United States, or 2) world peace, or 3) cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.” The petition, filed on WhiteHouse.gov, needs 100,000 signatures within 30 days to require a response from the White House. This petition must be signed by March 4th.

WKYC spoke with Feller’s wife Anne, about his war efforts and the award. Feller first heard of the attack on Pearl Harbor on the radio and in that moment knew he had to do something to help. During the interview, Anne detailed Feller’s experiences and quoted him saying, “It was wonderful seeing men helping other men.” In Feller’s downtime, he would play catch with his shipmates and kept himself in shape knowing he would eventually be back with the Indians. Anne expressed how proud she is of Feller and how proud he was of himself. Anne quoted him saying, “This was really my finest hour, to be on that battleship fighting the war and winning it along with everyone else.”

See the full interview here.

Sign the petition here.

-TribeVibe contributor Hailey Ellis

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