Jonathan Lucroy in Washington, D.C. to Receive 2015 Bob Feller Act of Valor Award

Tonight Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy is in Washington, D.C. to receive the Bob Feller Act of Valor Award in a ceremony held at the U.S. Navy Memorial.

Also receiving the award will be Hall-of-Famer George Brett; Chief Petty Officer Genell Cody of the United States Navy; Staff Sergeant Rene Segura of the United States Marine Corps; USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70), and HOPPER Information Services Center.

In addition to the recipients, the ceremony will include a special gathering of special guests and baseball luminaries including Tommy Lasorda, former Secretary of the Navy John Dalton, Navy Reserve Force Master Chief Clarence “CJ” Mitchell, and Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps, Ronald Green.

Jonathan Lucroy has supported our troops for many years. From his work with Fisher House Wisconsin, inviting wounded heroes to home games each month as his guest, to giving more than $20,000 in scholarships to military families, his unwavering support of the men and women in uniform is commendable. During the 2014 offseason, Lucroy also joined veterans on the Honor Flight, traveling with 41 WWII and Korean War Veterans to Washington D.C.

“I’m very grateful, honored and humbled to be recognized for my support. I appreciate the men and women who sacrifice their lives for our country,” Lucroy said.

The Bob Feller Act of Valor Award is an award named after the Hall of Fame pitcher who was the first Major League Baseball player to enlist in the United States Navy after the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. Feller served on missions in both the Pacific and the North Atlantic, and earned the rank of Chief Petty Officer along with six campaign ribbons and eight battle stars. When asked about the most important victory he had won, Feller famously replied without hesitation, “World War II.”

Lucroy was recognized as one of 15 finalists across Major League Baseball for the award, created by Peter Fertig, with the support of the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, the USS Alabama Battleship Memorial, the Cleveland Indians, the Baseball Hall of Fame, the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association, and the gracious consent of Mrs. Anne Feller, the San Diego Padres, and the family of Jerry Coleman. He was announced as a winner of the award in September.

“It is truly inspiring to watch these players within Major League Baseball honor our U.S. Military and those who serve proudly today,” said Fertig.

Our thanks to Jonathan and all who support the actions, values and dedication of our servicemen and women.

To learn more about the Bob Feller Act of Valor Award, please visit actofvaloraward.org.

-Cait

@CMoyer

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