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"Ole 98" Is Safe! Lt. Tom Harmon - Great on the Field, Heroic in Battle

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On September 7, 2013, The University of Michigan football team [http://www.michigandaily.com/sports/notebook-gardner-final-recipient-legends-jersey|unretired] the jersey of one of their greatest, All-American [http://oldnews.aadl.org/taxonomy/term/7413|Tom Harmon]. Most Michigan fans know about his many exploits on the field that won him the Heisman Trophy. Fewer know that he served heroically in [http://oldnews.aadl.org/taxonomy/term/2638|World War II.] On April 15, 1943, the story broke in the Ann Arbor News that [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19430415-tom_harmon_lost_pg1|his Army bomber plane went down] and he was Missing in Action. Harmon's ordeal dominated the front page of the News for much of April, as [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19430415-tom_harmons_fans_pg13|family, friends and fans] assured each other that "Ole 98" was tough enough to survive a crash and the jungles of South America. The Ann Arbor News wondered if the flight was his [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19430416-last_play_p1|Last Play?]

Then, on April 17th, news came that Harmon [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19430417-tom_harmon_safe_p1|was safe], having survived a solo, four-day ordeal in the jungle. His parents got the news just after returning from a mass in his honor at St. Mary's Student Chapel. An emotional Michigan coach, Fritz Crisler, and the city [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19430417-old_98_is_safe_p5|were overjoyed] at the news. Harmon was the only crew member [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19430421-wreckage_of_harmon_plane_pg1|to survive the crash.] He shared the story of the crash and his jungle odyssey in a [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19430422-four_day_trip_pg5|column] released by the Army. The [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19430424-harmon_en_route_pg5|photo] that ran in the News on April 23 showed a worn and weary but thankful soldier. Harmon got right back into the fight and in October, 1943, he was shot down over China only to escape capture a second time. He was awarded the Purple Heart and Silver Star. Harmon [http://oldnews.aadl.org/taxonomy/term/7413?page=1|died in 1990.]