|I know a person who lives on a person who could sing
beautifully and strum a wonderful ukelele piece. But the songs within his
heart carried him to acting as well as a grand all-around athletic career
during his lifetime. A teenage surfer on the huge waves in Hawaii. I remember
him well! Herman Wedemeyer All American, Saint Mary's College
a hero for all time.
October 24, 1999 in Atlanta, Georgia, a memorable night to honor 30 baseball greats of this century prior to the second game of the World Series. Patti LaBelle sang the Star Spangled Banner. As I watched on TV, I was very touched as these glorious living and deceased greats of the baseball world were presented.
I thought of my youthful baseball days at Saint Mary's and of Wedey as a great centerfielder for our College team. I recalled the rocket home run he hit out of Wrighly Field in Los Angeles to help whip powerful USC in 1948. Only three years before Wedey and the Galloping Gaels stunned USC before 80,000+ fans in L.A. Memorial Coliseum. The score 20 SMC USC 0.
Guess who scored two touchdowns and two extra points? The press and fans saw tiny Saint Mary's roll over the mighty USC Trojans. The write-ups were glorious!
October 27, 1999, the golfing world lost our 1999 United States Open Champion, Payne Stewart. This loss reminded me once again of Herman. We played golf many times over the years and he was a super player. He played many years in the Hawaiian Open and Knew Payne Stewart. These men were both truly fine gentlemen as proven by honesty and integrity on the golf course. These past four or five years, Wedey was the honorary starter each year for the Hawaiian Open.
November 1, 1999 another football Hall of Fame star, Walter Payton, joined our Saint Mary's immortal Herman Wedemeyer both great stars!
What I hold are only three stories told on the Herman Wedemeyer web site. Liz Clare and her sister Mary, both from Austin, Texas are here today. Liz provided the web site for you computer buffs. The life of Wedemeyer is being added to daily and you can spend hours enjoying pictures, articles, letters, stories and the book of life in our memories of a Gael hero.
Today, I share with Herm's widow Carol from Honolulu and her family, as well as Herman Wedemeyer, Jr. and his children along with you in attendance, some of my memories of long ago.
Carol, family and all here today, Herman Wedemeyer will be remembered at Saint Mary's in perpetuity.
Carol, as we've talked, you were married to a wonderful mate - wonderful in many ways. We will miss him but he will not be forgotten.
Carol, keep playing golf twice each week at Wailai CC in memory of your dear husband.
We at Saint Mary's are all proud that grandson Tucker Brown is now attending Saint Mary's and is a star golfer on the Gael team.
Lastly, at 3 a.m. this past Sunday morning at our beach home at Bodega Bay, I could not sleep. How fitting that I found a poem book I purchased in London 20 years ago, but had never opened.
On page 38 of this 1855 poetical keepsake book I found the following poem:
Human Life by Bernard Barton (1838)
I walked the fields at morning's prime
"And thus," I cried, "the ardent boy,
Herman Wedemeyer lives on!
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