Hird in 1912
|Born||December 6, 1879|
New Diggings, Wisconsin, United States
|Died||September 27, 1952 (aged 72)|
Des Moines, Iowa, United States
|Height||1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)|
Hird started as a professional boxer and semiprofessional baseball player, but in 1900 decided to pursue a military career and joined the Iowa National Guard. After competing at the 1912 Olympics he fought in the Mexican border campaign of 1914 and in World War I. From 1928 to 1936 he served as U.S. Marshall for southern Iowa and then as a special agent for the Iowa attorney general’s office, until retiring in 1943 as a lieutenant colonel.
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