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UCLA's Francis Wai was an American hero

Many UCLA football fans will not be familiar with the name Francis Wai … but they should. Several great football players have come through Westwood. There has been one Medal of Honor winner. Wai, who will be inducted into the UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame this year, played for the Bruins in 1937 and 1938. He started the last two games of the 1938 season, helping UCLA to victories in Hawaii against the Honolulu town team and the University of Hawaii. It was in Hawaii, in 1941, that his life, and the world, changed. He was a soldier in the Schofield barracks when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. Wai spent the war in the Pacific, as part of the 24th Infantry Division. He rose to...

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