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"Joe DiMaggio and I were in the reception center together."

   Jose G. Sol, Jr.
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Jose G. Sol
War: World War, 1939-1945
Branch: Army Air Forces/Corps
Unit: 9th Air Force
Service Location: Paris, France; England; St. Petersburg, Florida; European Theater
Rank: Private First Class
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As a teenager, Jose Sol emigrated from his native El Salvador to San Francisco. Two years later, the U.S. entered World War II and Sol felt it his duty to register for the draft. When he was called up in December 1942, he got the thrill of his life when he ran into baseball legend Joe DiMaggio in the armed forces reception center. (DiMaggio was out of baseball for three season while he served.) Sol shipped out to England and landed in France shortly after D-Day. He saw his first and last combat action in the Ruhr Valley in February 1945, but before that, he met a very important person, an 18-year-old French girl who would become his wife after the war.

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