Celebrity Deaths in Military

  • Jean-Louis Cremieux-Brilhac, 98 (1917 - 2015)

    Jean-Louis Cremieux-Brilhac

    PARIS (AP) — Jean-Louis Cremieux-Brilhac, a Jewish member of the French Resistance in charge of propaganda during World War II, has died. He was 98. He died Wednesday at his home in Paris, said his son Michel Cremieux, without specifying the cause of death. Cremieux-Brilhac lived history as a soldier and director of Free France wartime radio broadcasts from Britain. Later, he wrote and...

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  • Leslie A. Williams (2015)

    Leslie A. Williams

    The Associated PressPATTERSON, Calif. (AP) — Leslie A. Williams, a former member of the Tuskegee Airmen, which broke the military color barrier during World War II, has died in California. He was 95.Williams died Monday of natural causes at his home in Patterson, said his daughter Penny Williams.A native of San Francisco, Williams was drafted into the Army in 1939 and trained for nine months at...

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  • Lucy Coffey, 108 (1906 - 2015)

    Lucy Coffey

    The Associated PressSAN ANTONIO (AP) — The nation's oldest female military veteran is dead. She was 108.Lucy Coffey was found dead in her bed in San Antonio Thursday morning. Friend Queta Marquez, Bexar (BEAR) County veterans' service officer, said Coffey had been sick for about a week and had a chronic cough.Funeral arrangements are pending.The Indiana-born farm girl was working at a Dallas...

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  • Xu Caihou (2015)

    Xu Caihou

    The Associated PressBEIJING (AP) — The Chinese military's former second-highest ranking officer, Xu Caihou, who was being investigated on suspicion of taking bribes and brokering promotions, has died in a hospital of cancer, the state Xinhua News Agency reported early Monday. He was 71.A former deputy chairman of the ruling Communist Party's Central Military Commission, Xu was the most senior...

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  • Ret. Col. Dean Hess, 97 (1917 - 2015)

    Ret. Col.  Dean Hess

    By LISA CORNWELL, The Associated PressCINCINNATI (AP) — Retired Air Force Col. Dean Hess, who helped rescue hundreds of orphans in the Korean War and whose exploits prompted a Hollywood film starring Rock Hudson, has died at age 97.Hess died Monday at his home in Huber Heights, a suburb of Dayton, after a short illness, his son Lawrence Hess said Thursday.Hess, an ordained minister, was a U.S....

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