Bednarik, Charles Phillip, Sgt

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Last Rank
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 611-Aerial Gunner
Last AFSC Group
Air Crew (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1944-1945, AAF MOS 611, 467th Bomb Group
Service Years
1943 - 1945
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Year of Birth
This Military Service Page was created/owned by the Site Administrator to remember Bednarik, Charles Phillip, Sgt.
Contact Info
Home Town
Bethlehem, PA
Last Address
Coopersburg, PA

Date of Passing
Mar 21, 2015
Location of Interment
Holy Saviour Cemetery - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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WW II Honorable Discharge Pin

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US Army Honorable Discharge

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Last Known Activity
No National Football League player in the 1950s was immune to bone-jarring contact with the Philadelphia Eagles' Chuck Bednarik because the 233-pounder played on both the offensive and defensive units long after the two-way player had largely faded from the scene.

Bednarik didn't really get into football until he returned from World War II (after a 30-mission tour as a B-24 waist gunner with the Army Air Corps that saw him win the Air Medal). He showed up unheralded at the University of Pennsylvania, where he went on to win All-America honors as a center his last two seasons.

Chuck was selected first overall in the 1949 NFL Draft as the Eagles' bonus draft choice and earned a starter's spot as a center on offense and linebacker on defense. As an offensive center, big Chuck was a bulldozing blocker, both on rushing and passing plays. On defense, he was a true scientist in his field and the kind of tackler who could literally stop even the finest enemy runners "on a dime."

In 1950, Bednarik received All-NFL recognition as a center. Although he frequently played both offense and defense right up through the 1956 season, it was as a bone-jarring linebacker that he drew the most attention. He was named All-NFL as a linebacker 1951 through 1957 and again in 1960.

His athletic abilities and inspirational play was particularly evident in 1960 when injuries forced the Eagles to ask their 12-year veteran to again play both sides of the line. The 35-year-old was sensational. He finished the campaign with a 58-minute performance, capped by a game-saving tackle in the Eagles' NFL championship victory over Green Bay. With just seconds remaining, the Packers' Jim Taylor appeared to be heading for a winning touchdown until the last Eagle in his path, Bednarik, bear-hugged him to the ground as time ran out.

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
8th Air Force467th Bomb Group
  1943-1945, AAF MOS 611, 8th Air Force
  1944-1945, AAF MOS 611, 467th Bomb Group
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1945 World War II
  1944-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Rhineland Campaign (1944-45)
 Colleges Attended 
University of Pennsylvania
  1945-1949, University of Pennsylvania6
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-24 Liberator  
  1943-1945, B-24 Liberator
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