William Lawrence Sr. Omnibit 9-6-17

William W. Lawrence Omnibit -- The flu killed more than 100 men on the World War I troop ship President Grant.  Among those it spared was Branch RickeyWilliam W. Lawrence Omnibit — The flu killed more than 100 men on the World War I troop ship President Grant.

Among those it spared was Branch Rickey, a major in the 1st Gas Regiment, albeit he had to be carried to shore at  Brest on a stretcher due to pneumonia.

Rickey would be the one to break the color barrier in major league baseball by signing Jackie Robinson for the Brooklyn Dodgers.

Hat tip VFW magazine

 

World War I troop ship President Grant

 

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