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|Date of birth:||May 4, 1915|
|Place of birth:||San Jose, California, United States|
|Date of death:||May 7, 1943(aged 28)|
|Place of death:||Polebrook, East Northamptonshire, England, United Kingdom|
|College:||San José State|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Honors:||San José State Hall of Fame|
|Playing stats at|
|Service/branch:||United States Army Air Forces seal U.S. Army Air Forces|
|Years of service:||1942|
|Battles/wars:||World War II|
Birlem attended and played college football at San José State University, where he played quarterback. He was inducted into their Sports Hall of Fame. He then played in the National Football League for the Chicago Cardinals and Washington Redskins in 1939.
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