All-American football star Merv Pregulman passes away at the age of 90
Dec. 17, 2012
CHATTANOOGA, TN - The former President and CEO of Siskin Steel & Supply Co. and community philanthropist Mervin Pregulman has passed away. He was 90.
Before his time at Siskin, Pregulman was an All-American tackle and center at the University of Michigan in the early 1940's and then went to on a four-year career in the National Football League, playing for the Green Bay Packers, Detroit Lions, and New York Bulldogs.
In between his college and pro career, Pregulman served in the U.S. Navy during World War II as a gunnery officer on the USS Taluga in the Pacific. He had a close scrape from a kamikaze attack on the ship on April 16, 1945, when ten kamikazes attacked.
Pregulman, who normally would have been in the ship's wheelhouse, had just left five minutes before one of the kamikazes crashed into the ship, shearing the top of the wheelhouse and blowing a hole in the deck.
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