Victor Hoff - Baseball's Greatest Sacrifice

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Victor Hoff

Ballplayers Decorated in Combat

 

Date and Place of Birth: 1920 Granite City, IL
Date and Place of Death:     
Baseball Experience: Minor League
Position: Unknown
Rank: Second Lieutenant
Military Unit: 715th Bomb Squadron, 448th Bomb Group US Army Air Force
Area Served: European Theater of Operations

 Victor F. Hoff, the son of Herman and Elizabeth Hoff, was born in Granite City, Illinois, in 1920. He played for the Pueblo Rollers and the Sioux Falls Canaries of the Class D Western League in 1941, appearing in just seven games

Hoff entered military service in September 1941, and trained as a bomber pilot. In April 1944, Second Lieutenant Hoff was the co-pilot of a replacement crew assigned to the 715th Bomb Squadron of the 448th Bomb Group in England. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Medal with three oak leaf clusters.

When his tour was completed, Hoff returned to the United States, where he was assistant air inspector at Scott Field, Illinois.

Hoff didn't return to baseball after the war. He worked as director of sales for Dolan Co., Realtors of St. Louis, and was last known to be living in Bellefontaine Neighbors, Missouri.

Date Added February 6, 2018

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