Lester J Hoerner (1922 - 2010)

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Lester J Hoerner
1922 - 2010
July 25, 1922
Dubuque, Comté de Dubuque County, IA, États-Unis
December 11, 2010
Fullerton, Comté d'Orange County, CA, États-Unis
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La Mirada, Los Angeles County, California 90638
Lester J Hoerner of La Mirada, Los Angeles County, California was born on July 25, 1922 in Dubuque, Comté de Dubuque County, IA États-Unis, and died at age 88 years old on December 11, 2010 in Fullerton, Comté d'Orange County, California. Lester Hoerner was buried at Rose Hills Memorial Park Gate 11 10315 Strong Ave, in Whittier, Los Angeles County.
Updated: March 19, 2023
Biography ID: 73133838

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Professional Football Player. For six seasons (1947 to 1952), he played at the fullback position in the National Football League with the Los Angeles Rams and Dallas Texans. Born Lester Junior Hoerner, he attended Dubuque High School and played collegiate football at the University of Iowa. While with the Hawkeyes (his studies yielded to his service in the US Army during World War II), he earned All-American honors twice (1942 and 1946). Hoerner was selected by the Cleveland Rams during the 17th round of the 1945 NFL Draft, and marked his NFL debut in 1947, following the franchise's relocation to Los Angeles (1946); he appeared in 4 games that season with them. He would play on the 1949 Rams' squad which appeared in the NFL Championship Game (defeated by the Philadelphia Eagles 14 to 0), followed by their 1950 team that played in the NFL Title Game (defeated by the Cleveland Browns 30 to 28); Hoerner rushed for 86 yards, scoring 2 touchdowns. In 1950 along with Paul "Tank" Younger and Dan Towler, he formed the famed ground attack known as the "Bull Elephant Backfield"; they were a significant force behind Los Angeles' capturing of the 1951 NFL Title, in a rematch against the Browns (defeating Cleveland 24 to 17), with Hoerner scoring the first touchdown of the contest. In addition, the game played on December 23rd, 1951 was noted for being the first nationally-televised broadcast from coast-to-coast. He concluded his career in 1952 with the doomed Dallas Texans' team which compiled a dismal 1-11 record and folded at season's end. In 63 career regular season games, he amassed 2,172 rushing yards with 30 touchdowns, and 80 receptions for 1,180 yards with 4 touchdowns; he achieved Pro-Bowl status in 1950. He died following a stroke.
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La Mirada, Los Angeles County, California 90638
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US army corporal World War II
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Fullerton, Comté d'Orange County, CA États-Unis
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Rose Hills Memorial Park Gate 11 10315 Strong Ave, in Whittier, Los Angeles County, CA 90601, États-Unis
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Lester Hoerner passed away at age 88 years old on December 11, 2010 in Fullerton, Comté d'Orange County, California, and was buried at Rose Hills Memorial Park Gate 11 10315 Strong Ave, in Whittier, Los Angeles County. Lester J Hoerner of La Mirada, Los Angeles County, California was born on July 25, 1922 in Dubuque, Comté de Dubuque County, IA États-Unis.

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In 1922, in the year that Lester J Hoerner was born, the Lincoln Memorial was dedicated in Washington, D.C. on May 30th. More than 35,000 people attended the dedication including Lincoln's son, Robert Todd Lincoln, and many Union and Confederate veterans - although the audience was segregated. The Memorial took 10 years to complete.

In 1943, by the time he was 21 years old, on September 3rd, the Armistice of Cassibile was signed in Sicily. Under the terms of the Armistice, Italy surrendered to the Allied Powers. After the Armistice was made public on September 8th, Germany attacked and occupied Italy. It took 20 months of fighting for the Allies to reach the northern borders of Italy.

In 1964, by the time he was 42 years old, in June, three young civil rights workers - Andrew Goodman and Mickey Schwerner from New York City, and James Chaney from Meridian, Mississippi - were kidnapped and murdered in Mississippi. Working with "Freedom Summer", they were registering African-Americans to vote in the Southern states. Their bodies were found two months later. Although it was discovered that the White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, the Neshoba County Sheriff's Office and the Philadelphia, Mississippi Police Department were involved, only 7 men were convicted and served less than six years.

In 1978, when he was 56 years old, on July 25th, Louise Brown, the first "test-tube baby", was born at Oldham Hospital in London. Louise was conceived through IVF (in vitro fertilization), a controversial and experimental procedure at the time.

In 1981, Lester was 59 years old when on January 20th, Ronald Reagan became the 40th President of the United States. He ran against the incumbent, Jimmy Carter, and won 50.7% of the popular vote to Carter's 41.0%.

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