On Aug. 14, 1900, U.S. Marine Corps Private Dan Daly single-handedly holds off hundreds of Chinese Boxers overnight, armed only with a bolt-action rifle and his bayonet. According to Marine legend, the bodies of 200 dead enemy littered the ground when reinforcements arrived. Daly is awarded his first Medal of Honor – one of only two Americans to receive America’s top award for combat valor for two separate actions.
Following the 1958 season, Pittsburgh Pirate rightfielder Roberto Clemente reported to Parris Island for boot camp. After becoming a Marine (serving in the Reserves until 1964), Clemente won four batting titles, two World Series, and 12 Gold Gloves before joining the Hall of Fame.