Former Sooner, war hero, being honored by Army


Friday, August 2nd 2002, 12:00 am
By: News On 6


(Norman-AP) -- An Army post in Kentucky is honoring a former Sooner who became the only professional football player killed in the Vietnam War.

The Fort Campbell Replacement Company has been renamed the First Lieutenant James Robert Kalsu Replacement Company. Every soldier assigned to the 101st Airborne Division will pass through the building and see a display that features Kalsu's Oklahoma jersey.

Kalsu was an offensive tackle for the Sooners before going on to play a season for the Buffalo Bills. Kalsu grew up in Del City and was an All-American in 1967.

He was killed by North Vietnamese mortar fire in 1970 when he was 25.

The center will be dedicated next week.