Celebrity Deaths in Military

  • Milton Crenchaw, 96 (1919 - 2015)

     Milton Crenchaw

    Milton Pitts Crenchaw, a flight instructor who trained many of the U.S. military's Tuskegee Airmen, has died in Georgia, according to the Associated Press. For full obituary and coverage from Legacy.com, click here.

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  • Sybil Stockdale, 90 (2015)

    Sybil  Stockdale

    Sybil Bailey Stockdale, a Navy wife who fought to end the torture of U.S. prisoners of war in Vietnam, has died, according to the Associated Press. Stockdale's son, Sid Stockdale, said Tuesday that his mother died Oct. 10 at a hospital after suffering from Parkinson's disease. She was 90. Stockdale is the wife of the late Vice Adm. James Bond Stockdale. She found her calling after her...

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  • Ben Kuroki, 98 (2015)

    Ben Kuroki

    Celebrated for his determination to serve in the Air Forces during WWII despite widespread suspicion of anyone with Japanese ancestry, Ben Kuroki has died The Associated PressCAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) — Ben Kuroki, who overcame the American military's discriminatory policies to become the only Japanese American to fly over Japan during World War II, has died. He was 98.Kuroki died Tuesday at his...

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  • Lt. Gen. Frank Petersen, 83 (1932 - 2015)

    Lt. Gen. Frank Petersen

    Lt. Gen. Frank E. Petersen Jr., who was the first African-American general and aviator in the U.S. Marine Corps, has died, according to his family. Petersen, who died Tuesday of lung cancer, was 83. "Honoring a pioneer and warrior," the Marine Corps wrote in a Facebook post. "In his 36 years of service, Lt. Gen. Petersen commanded every Marine Corps aviation level of command and stood as a...

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  • Emma Didlake, 110 (1905 - 2015)

    Emma Didlake

    A Michigan woman believed to be the nation's oldest veteran at 110 has died, about a month after meeting President Barack Obama in the Oval Office, according to the Associated Press. Emma Didlake died Sunday in West Bloomfield, northwest of Detroit, according to the Oakland County medical examiner's office. Didlake was a 38-year-old wife and mother of five when she signed up in 1943 for the...

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