Coleman, Gerald, LtCol

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Colonel
Last Primary MOS
7598-Basic Fixed-Wing Pilot
Last MOSGroup
Pilots/Naval Flight Officers
Primary Unit
1953-1953, 7598, HQ, 12th MCD Treasure Island CA
Service Years
1942 - 1964
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This Military Service Page was created/owned by SSgt Michael Frederick (Fred) to remember Marine LtCol Gerald Coleman (Jerry).

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Contact Info
Home Town
San Jose
Last Address
San Diego

Date of Passing
Jan 05, 2014
Location of Interment
Miramar National Cemetery - San Diego, California
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Plot: Section 3, Site 166

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Last Known Activity
Retired, making public appearances.

Recently published autobiography, "An American Journey."
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Jerry Coleman's baseball career was interrupted by service in the Marine Corps during two wars. His philosophy was, "When you're country calls, you go. That's it."

In 1949, Jerry Coleman became a member of the New York Yankees. He played second base, and was awarded Rookie of the Year with a batting average of .275, 2 home runs, and 42 runs batted in. The following season, he was an American League All-Star, and was the Most Valuable Player in the 1950 World Series, when the Yankees swept the Philadelphia Phillies in four games. He played in six World Series, winning four World Series with the New York Yankees. He was one of the best defensive second basemen of all time, having committed only 89 errors in 3,168 fielding opportunities, and turned 532 double plays. He played in 402 games before the 1952 season. He was called up for active duty in the Korean War. After finishing his combat tour in Korea, he rejoined the Yankees and played in 321 games. He retired from playing baseball in 1957, and has a .263 lifetime batting average with 16 home runs.

After retiring from baseball, Lt. Colonel Coleman began his distinguished career as a sports announcer with the New York Yankees (1963 - 1969), the California Angels (1970 - 1971), CBS Radio's Network Game of the Week (22 seasons), and he currently is the radio voice of the San Diego Padres baseball team (1972 - 1979, 1981 - present). He is famous for his phrase, "Oh doctor, you can hang a star on that baby!" In 1980, he left the radio booth to manage the San Diego Padres for one season, and returned back to the booth, continuing his long association with the Padres, which includes working with many charitable events. He was inducted into the Padres Hall of Fame in 2001. On February 22, 2005, he was named the winner of the Ford C. Frick Award for broadcasting excellence and will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.
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 Unit Assignments
MATSG-22, NAS Corpus Christi, TXAviation UnitsMCAS Cherry Point, NCMCAS El Toro, CA
MCAS Miramar, CAMAG-24VMFA-323Recruiting Units
  1943-1944, 7599, MATSG-22, NAS Corpus Christi, TX
  1944-1944, 7598, Fixed Wing Units
  1944-1944, 7598, MCAS Cherry Point, NC
  1944-1944, 7598, MCAS El Toro, CA
  1944-1944, 7598, MCAS Miramar, CA
  1944-1945, 7598, MAG-24
  1944-1946, 7598, Fixed Wing Units
  1945-1946, 7598, MCAS Cherry Point, NC
  1951-1953, 7598, VMFA-323
  1953-1953, 7598, HQ, 12th MCD Treasure Island CA
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1945 World War II
  1944-1944 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Northern Solomon Islands Campaign (1943-44)
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Luzon Campaign (1944-45)
  1951-1951 Korean War/CCF Spring Offensive (1951)1
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