Valley Forge Hospital for Wounded Vets

1943 Charity match for the Red Cross at the Bala Golf Club

12 Professionals, 12 Men Amateurs, 12 Ladies. Team captains – Leo Diegel, Woody Platt and Glenna Vare.
(left to right front row) Howard Everitt, Billy Hyndman, Bud Lewis, George Fazio, Sydney Allman, Clarence Ehresman, Marty Lyons, Ted Bickel, Jr., Chick Rutan, Jimmy D’Angelo, Nancy Wilson, Annette Coar, Platt, Diegel, Mrs. Harold Waterworth, Helen Sigel, Mrs. Ralph Seltzer and George Smith.

(left to right back row) Ted Johnston, Willard Goeckler, Griff Boardman, Max Marston, Jimmy McHale, Duff McCullough, Red Cross, Jug McSpaden, Red Cross Chairman, Ralph Gardner, Red Cross, Helen Raynor, Sonny Fraser, Vare, Elaine Swope, Mrs. Sam Byrd, Steve Grady, Dorothy Germain, Sam Byrd, Mrs. T.E. Webster and Jane Hamilton.

For the full story, click the link below to “Section History 1940 – 1949” and click or scroll down to 1943.

Marty Lyons (visor) & his brother Jimmy (cap) riding around the
construction grounds of the new golf course at Valley Forge Army Hospital.
Marty Lyons and Joe Valentine, Greens Superintentent
at Merion Golf Club, on the same construction grounds.
Leo Diegel instructing the Vets at VF Hospital
More instructions for the Vets at VF Hospital

1943 Exhibition and Pro-Am at Torresdale-Frankford Country Club

Proceeds of $10,000 purchased two ambulances for the Red Cross
and helped build a golf course at Valley Forge General Hospital.

(kneeling) Ed Dudley & Leo Diegel (standing) Unknown Soldier, Unknown Soldier, Vic Ghezzi, Unknown Lady, Unknown Man, Unknown Man, Unknown Man, Marty Lyons, Craig Wood, Byron Nelson & Jimmy DeAngelo.

Charley Boswell

Charley Boswell played football at the University of Alabama. After that he was playing baseball for the Atlanta Crackers in what was Class A when WWII began and he was drafted and sent to Ft. Benning for officers candidate school. He was blinded in the war and sent to Valley Forge Hospital which specialized in eye problems. He learned to play golf there on the course that the pros and green superintendents had built. Charley went on to win the National Blind Golfers’ Championship 16 times.

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