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    ‘The Sheik’ Was a WWII Army Veteran Who Revolutionized Pro Wrestling

    ‘The Sheik’ Was a WWII Army Veteran Who Revolutionized Pro Wrestling

    Edward Farhat lived the American Dream. The 10th of 11 children born to Lebanese immigrants in East Lansing, Michigan, Farhat grew up to serve in World War II and reinvent himself as “The Sheik,” one of the greatest performers in professional wrestling history.

    If you want to know the complete, epic tale of Farhat's life and career, Brian R. Solomon's book “Blood and Fire: the Unbelievable Real-Life Story of Wrestling's Original Sheik” has all the details. We're going to focus on The Sheik's service and explain just how he elevated pro wrestling to the art form it became after the war.

    Four of Farhat's older brothers were already serving when Farhat supposedly borrowed his older brother Edmund's birth certificate to enlist in the Marine Corps while still underage. That attempt failed, but Farhat was drafted into the U.S. Army in August 1944 two months after his 18th birthday.

    Like many Michigan natives during the era, his family had worked in metal foundries and auto plants, so it must not have been a surprise when someone in the Army brass thought he was a candidate for tank duty and assigned him to the 93rd Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron of the 13th Armored Division.

    In January 1945, the 93rd Cavalry was sent to to join Gen. George Patton's 3rd Army. Technician Fifth Grade Farhat completed his training at Bowie in Texas and joined his unit in April 1945, driving a tank through in the waning days…

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