Celebrity Deaths in Military

  • 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 (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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  • Corey Hood, 32 (2015)

    Corey Hood

    Corey Hood, a U.S. Army skydiver who had served five tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, died Sunday of injuries sustained in a midair collision with another jumper during a stunt at the Chicago Air & Water Show, authorities told The Associated Press. He was 32.

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  • Fritz Payne, 104 (1911 - 2015)

    Fritz Payne

    Frederick R. "Fritz" Payne, a World War II fighter ace who shot down six Japanese warplanes during the Battle of Guadalcanal, has died at age 104, according to the Associated Press. The retired Marine Corps brigadier general, who was believed to be the oldest surviving U.S. fighter ace, died on Aug. 6 at his home in Rancho Mirage. Hundreds had turned out to honor him last Memorial Day at...

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  • Kim Kyok Sik, 74 (1940 - 2015)

    Kim Kyok Sik

    By HYUNG-JIN KIM, The Associated PressSEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The North Korean military general believed by archrival South Korea to have been behind two attacks on South Korea that killed 50 people in 2010 has died. He was 77.The North's main Rodong sinmun newspaper said Monday that Kim Kyok Sik died of acute respiratory failure on Sunday.Kim is the former commander of battalions who South...

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