Kentucky basketball players are both students and athletes.
Over the years, some have also been military men.
In the spirit of Memorial Day, let's recognize the following former Kentucky basketball players who died while serving in the military (information obtained from Jon Scott's Kentucky basketball history project):
Howard Kinne: Served in the Army Air Corps. Killed in September 1918. Played two years. Scored eight points in four games.
James King: Served in the Army Air Corps. Killed in February 1944. Played three years. Scored 308 points in 66 games
James Goforth: Served in the Marines. Killed in June 1944. Played three years. Scored 85 points in 55 games.
Melvin Brewer: Served in the Army. Killed in August 1944. Played three years. Scored 477 points in 71 games.
Kenneth Englad: Served in the Army. Killed in April 1945. Played two years. Scored 154 points in 41 games.
Walter Johnson: Served in the Navy. Killed in July 1945. Played one year. Scored 74 points in 12 games.
For a full list of all 146 former Kentucky basketball players -- the most recent being Carlos Toomer in the 1990s -- who served in the military, visit this page.