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James Podemski

Jim Podemski lettered in football three years at Denfeld and was an All-conference tackle in 1934 and '35. The 1935 team was considered by long-time coach Walt Hunting to be the school's all-time best. The team went 8-0, outscoring opponents 250-12, claiming its third unofficial state championship.

Podemski also played basketball and track at Denfeld.

He attended Duluth Junior College, earning letters for two seasons in football, basketball and track. He went on to Iowa State Teachers College and was selected “Little All-American.” He’d received an offer to try out with the Chicago Bears, but instead took care of his ailing parents.

As a marine lieutenant, he was awarded the Silver Star for bravery in World War II on Jan. 14, 1944. His citation reads: “For fearlessly leading his men against devastating machine gun fire ... his brilliant leadership, valiant fighting spirit, and unwavering devotion to duty contributed materially to the defeat of the Japanese in this battle.”

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