Thomas Van Arden Dukehart was a lacrosse All-America during his college days at Johns Hopkins. When he returned to Baltimore after the war, he was prominent in the local sports scene. He was a special events coordinator for the 100th
Preakness Stakes; committee coordinator for the Lady Carling Golf Tournament; worked in the Orioles ticket office; and served as the first publicity director for the Baltimore Colts, helping to write the team’s fight song. Dukehart also covered sports for the Baltimore News American and hosted sports segments on local TV and radio stations. Although he was not on the 1943 Christmas Day broadcast, he wrote a song for his wife that was sung by Sgt. Charles Ives of Bel Air. Months later, Dukehart took part in the Normandy invasion. He died in 1975 at age 60.
Born: March 17, 1915
Died: Nov. 19, 1975
Wife: Elizabeth Wills (Reeder) Dukehart
Sgt. Julius Edwards - Harrisonburg, Va.
Julius Edwards was a waist gunner who had only been in England for three months at the time of the Christmas broadcast. In February 1944, during a mission to Achmer, Germany, Edwards was aboard a plane named "Lightning Strikes" that was shot down. He was captured and held in a German POW camp. After the war, Edwards relocated to New Jersey.
Born: Feb. 15, 1921
Died: Dec. 14, 2000
Wife: Mary Catherine (Johnson) Edwards
Warrant Officer William Fisher - Frederick, Md.
William Fisher of Frederick served as emcee for the second portion of the show with the 29th Division. Fisher was leader of a 28-member 29th Division band that played on several BBC programs. He was 86 when he died in 1997.
Born: Oct. 11, 1911
Died: Dec. 20, 1997
Wife: Bertha Irene (McKenzie) Fisher
Sgt. Nick Grimaldi - Philadelphia
Nick Grimaldi was a pianist who performed on several songs during the Christmas Day radio show. Grimaldi died in 2001 at 85.
Born: Feb. 2, 1915
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