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Danny Womber — a forgotten veteran: Simple burial for former Medina resident with interesting past

by on May.09, 2017, under Boxing News


Originally published in The Daily News, Serving Genesee, Wyoming and Orleans Counties on April 30, 2017

The late Mr. Womber (photo courtesy of

The late Mr. Womber (photo courtesy of

Danny Womber’s grave is in a far-flung corner of Bath National Cemetery, where songbirds battle with the drone of cars and trucks rumbling down Interstate 86 below.

At the site of the former Medina resident’s grave, a long strip of turf has been flayed from the otherwise green hillside, exposing the loose soil beneath. An excavator is parked behind a trio of young evergreen trees nearby.

There isn’t yet a headstone, only a temporary metal marker bearing some basic information: his name, Womber, Daniel H., gravesite number, 435, and branch of service, US Army.

It takes two months for headstones to arrive at the cemetery once they’re ordered. But even once it’s arrived, it won’t offer much insight into who Womber actually was.

There will be nothing to indicate, for instance, that on May 2, 1953, Womber stepped into a boxing ring at the Onondaga County War Memorial in Syracuse and won a unanimous decision against Kid Gavilan, the welterweight champion of the world. (continue reading…)

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