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1942 Telegram from BYU Soldier: Beating Utah Would Trump WWII

by Colin Wolf
- Posted // 2013-09-20 -

After a week of nonstop trash talk and fake hot-tub baptisms, Saturday's rivalry matchup between BYU and the University of Utah will undoubtedly fulfill all expectations for a game appropriately nicknamed the "Holy War." But, fans of either school should be able to agree that this World War II telegram from a BYU-quarterback-turned-Navy-yeoman is pretty awesome.

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The above Western Union telegram reminding the Cougars to "Give 'Em Hell" was sent on October 9, 1942, from Vaughn Kimball, a former BYU quarterback who left school in 1941 to join the Naval Reserves.

According to his obituary, Kimball was a star athlete in football and basketball at both Jordan High School and Provo High School, and was killed May 11, 1945, while serving on an aircraft carrier in the Pacific.

Kimball's message must have worked because, coincidentally, 1942 was the first time in the rivalry's history that BYU beat the Utes, in a final score of 12-7, at Utah. And, as Kimball predicted, the BYU victory aided the war effort and the Allies eventually won the war.

Twitter:@WolfColin

Telegraph image via Reddit, thumbnail via Ancestry.com

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