As we prepare to honor all the United States Veterans who have served our great country, we take a look at a special subset of these selfless patriots.

Some of the greatest players in the history of Major League Baseball have served their country and then gone on to become inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

A total of 64 members honored in the prestigious Cooperstown venue are officially classified as Veterans, having served in the U.S. Armed Forces during wartime.

Additionally, one of the all-time legendary players in the game served in both World War II and the Korean War. Ted Williams was a Navy pilot from 1942-1946 and then flew 39 combat missions as a Marine Corps fighter pilot from 1952-1953.

Without intent to in anyway diminish the richly deserved honor, praise and collective gratitude owed to all our brave Veterans, the following is a tribute to the best of the best within the baseball fraternity.

Here are the 15 greatest Major League Baseball players with the additional proud distinction of U.S. War Veteran:

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