Bob Feller – November 3, 1918 – December 15, 2010
Statement of American Veterans Center President James Roberts on the Death of Bob Feller
With the passing of Bob Feller the National Pastime has lost one of its greatest players and ambassadors, the country has lost a great patriot and we at the American Veterans Center have lost a great friend.
For the past 10 years Bob, usually accompanied by his lovely wife Anne, was a regular speaker at the American Veterans Center’s annual conference and since 2005 he was a regular participant the AVC’s National Memorial DayÂ Parade in Washington, D.C.– always without charging a fee.
Bob Feller was proud of his storied baseball career, but he was most proud of his military service in World War 11. Bob volunteered to serve in the Navy within hours of the attack on Pearl Harbor, despite the fact that he had a deferment as the sole support of his family.
“We were losing the war,” he said. “I just did what any good American man should have done and most did.”
Bob Feller also had an intense love of country and at our conferences he emphasized to the young people in the audience how fortunate they were to live in America and that they had an obligation to serve their country in some way.
We mourn the passing of this great American original and extend our condolence to Anne and the other members of the Feller family.