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Notable Military Deaths

  • Richard Marowitz (2014)

     Richard Marowitz

    CHRIS CAROLA, The Associated PressALBANY, New York (AP) — Richard Marowitz was just a day removed from witnessing the horrors of Dachau when he found a top hat on a shelf in a closet in Adolf Hitler's Munich apartment.Still furious over the gruesome sights he had seen at the nearby Nazi concentration camp, the 19-year-old self-described "skinny Jewish kid" from New York threw the black silk hat...

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  • Gen. Harold J. Greene (2014)

    Gen. Harold J. Greene

    ROBERT BURNS, The Associated PressWASHINGTON (AP) — Harold J. Greene, the two-star Army general who became the highest-ranking U.S. military officer to be killed in either of America's post-9/11 wars, was an engineer who rose through the ranks as an expert in developing and fielding the Army's war material. He was on his first deployment to a war zone.Greene was killed Tuesday when a gunman...

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  • Charles T. Payne (2014)

    Charles T. Payne

    The Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — Charles T. Payne, a World War II veteran and great-uncle of President Barack Obama who was briefly in the public eye during his nephew's first presidential bid, has died. Payne's wife of 50 years, Melanie Payne, said her husband died Aug. 1 in Chicago of non-Hodgkin lymphoma. He was 89. Payne, the brother of Obama's maternal grandmother, helped...

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  • Theodore "Dutch" Van Kirk , 93 (1921 - 2014)

    Theodore "Dutch" Van Kirk

    KATE BRUMBACK, The Associated PressATLANTA (AP) — The last surviving member of the crew that dropped a catastrophic atomic bomb on Hiroshima once said he thought the bombing was necessary because it shortened the war and eliminated the need for an Allied land invasion that could have cost more lives on both sides.But Theodore "Dutch" VanKirk also said it made him wary of war - and that he would...

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  • Louis Zamperini, 97 (1917 - 2014)

    Louis Zamperini

    CHRISTOPHER WEBER, The Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Seventy years ago, the world was convinced that Louis Zamperini was dead. There had been no word of the track star and former Olympian since his World War II bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean. The military told his parents he was dead, and an annual collegiate track competition named one of its races in his memory. But...

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