A pair of Tidewell Honors Veterans volunteers will be recognized as Military Heroes in a new baseball card set created by the Bradenton Marauders.
Terry Willis and the late Ted Czerwinski are part of the 20-card Military Heroes set to be given away to the first 1,000 fans in attendance on June 11 at McKechnie Field in Bradenton. That night’s game against the Tampa Yankees will be played on Military Appreciation Night.
Each card will feature a photo of the military hero, years served, branch, rank and service details. The card sets will represent each branch of the military. The Marauders will recognize each selected hero and his or her family on the field and present each honoree with 50 of his or her cards.
Retired Army Spec. 4th Class Terry Willis has been a Tidewell volunteer since 2011 and was instrumental in establishing Tidewell Honors Veterans in Manatee County. He served in the Army during the Korean War and for three years on active duty and five years in the reserves. Terry is a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Honor Guard and is on the board of the Korean War Veterans Council. Terry also posts the colors for the Pittsburgh Pirates and Bradenton Marauders. He has conducted more than 400 honors pinnings for Tidewell.
Army Sgt. 1st Class Ted Czerwinski, who also served during the Korean War, died on May 2, just five days after participating in an honors pinning at Casa Mora Rehabilitation and Extended Care in Bradenton. He joined Tidewell in 2011 and coordinated the Tidewell Honors Veterans program in Manatee County for five years. Ted was known as “The Little General” because he took the lead in setting up appointments, following up and gathering fellow veteran pinners to attend the pinning ceremonies. He was a member of the American Legion, VFW Post 10141 and Korean War Veterans Post 199. Ted also was a Pittsburgh Pirates booster and presented colors before their spring training games.
Pictured, in the main photo from left, are Terry Willis, Tidewell VP of Volunteer and Professional Services Irene Henderson and Ted Czerwinski.