Famed Yankee catcher, Yogi Berra felt called to duty, and enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1943. He would become a gunner’s mate and serve on an LCT(R) in the lead up before the Normandy invasion. Berra would see action on both Omaha and Utah beaches during D-Day. “I enjoyed it. I wasn’t scared. Going into, it looked like Fourth of July. It really did…” Berra recalled in an interview with the Academy of Achievement. Berra was awarded the Purple Heart, a Distinguished Unit Citation, two battle stars and a European Theatre of Operations ribbon for his service before being called up to play for the Yankees again in 1946. (Kidwiler Collection/Getty Images)