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Arthur Greims


Date and Place of Birth: April 20, 1914 Philadelphia, PA
Date and Place of Death:    December 10, 1944 Germany
Baseball Experience: College
Position: Unknown
Rank: Second Lieutenant
Military Unit: 23rd Tank Battalion, 12th Armored Division US Army
Area Served: European Theater of Operations

Arthur Greims had played college baseball on the same team as Bill "Swish" Nicholson. But while Nicholson put in an all-star performance with the Chicago Cubs, Greims battled the Nazis in Europe.

Arthur W. Greims Jr., was born in Philadelphia and grew up in Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania. Greims played baseball, basketball and soccer at Upper Darby High School, and attended Washington College in Pennsylvania, where he played football and baseball. He was part of the 1934 football team that was undefeated that year, and he played baseball with future major leaguer Bill "Swish" Nicholson.

Greims withdrew from college at the beginning of his junior year and on April 1, 1942, he entered military service. He served in Europe with the 23rd Tank Battalion, 12th Armored Division. On December 8, 1944, the 12th Armored went into combat for the first time. Second Lieutenant Greims died from wounds received in combat two days later on the 10th. He was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart and is buried at Lorraine American Cemetery in Saint-Avold, France.

John Lord, a classmate of Greims at Washington College, dedicated a Pin Oak tree in his memory. His tree is identified by a plaque bearing the initials AWG and was planted near the gymnasium at the college.

Thanks to Astrid van Erp for help with this biography

Date Added: July 28, 2012. Updated August 6, 2017

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