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George Etcell

Full name: George Daniel Etcell
Nickname(s): Sailor
Gender: Male
Born: April 2, 1898 in New York, New York, United States
Died: April 6, 1965 in Los Angeles, California, United States
Affiliations: US Navy, (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Boxing


During World War I George Etcell spent two years in the U.S. Army with the 3rd Division on the French Marne, seeing action in World War I, and sustaining a severe wound in the St. Mihiel Drive. He later joined the US Navy and served as a fireman and shipfitter on board the battleship Arkansas in 1921. As a boxer, Etcell won the Crescent Athletic Club tournament in March 1916 and then represented the Union Settlement Athletic Club for several years. Etcell was runner-up at the 1921 Navy Championships, and was also the Navy Pacific Fleet featherweight champion, although the year is unclear. He turned professional and actually appears to have fought as a pro in 1919, before the 1920 Olympics. One newspaper noted that he was eligible because he was still considered an amateur for being in the Navy. His last known fight was in 1925, retiring with a professional record of 10 wins, 4 losses, and 8 draws, although he may have fought as George Etchell briefly in 1928. After Pearl Harbor, Etcell received the Navy Cross.


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1920 Summer 22 Antwerpen Boxing Men's Featherweight United States USA 9T

Men's Featherweight

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result MR
1920 Summer 22 Antwerpen Boxing United States USA Round Two Match #5 2 1920-08-22 Fritsch (FRA) , Etcell (USA)
1920 Summer 22 Antwerpen Boxing United States USA Round One Match #10 1 1920-08-21 Etcell (USA) bye
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