is Yogi Berra of the U.S. Navy. Lawrence Peter "Yogi" Berra enlisted in the U.S. Navy at the age of 18. He trained at Little Creek Base in Norfolk, Virginia, and was assigned to the USS Bayfield, which had orders to support the Utah Beach landings during the invasion at Normandy on D-Day.
Yogi, a gunner’s mate, was detached to a Landing Craft Support Small (LCSS) rocket boat, which provided fire support during the beach landings.
Later in the war, Yogi served in North Africa and Italy before being sent stateside to a Connecticut Submarine Base until his discharge. There he played on a Navy baseball team whose coach designated Yogi as a catcher and provided him an incredible opportunity, to play exhibition games against big-league teams such as the Senators, Browns and Giants.
Soon after leaving the service, Yogi was called up to the big leagues, destined for baseball greatness.
Yogi passed away yesterday at the age of 90. We honor his service.
“You should always go to other people’s funerals, otherwise, they won’t come to yours.” – Yogi Berra