In 1945, “Squirming” Herman Wedemeyer, a graduate of St. Louis High School, was Hawai’i’s first consensus All-American football player. The backfield included the U.S. Army’s Doc Blanchard and Glenn Davis, and Bob Fenimore of Oklahoma A&M, now known as Oklahoma State.

In 1945 he finished fourth in the Heisman Award and is a member of the National Collegiate Football Hall of Fame.

After a stint with the professional football team, the Los Angeles Dons, Wedemeyer returned to Hawai’i and became involved in politics.

In his later years, Wedemeyer was a fixture on the TV series, “Hawai’i Five-O,” as “Duke Lukela,” one of the Honolulu Police Department’s men in blue. He appeared in more than 300 episodes with “McGarrett,” Jack Lord.

BORN 1924

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