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Vernon McGarity, 91 (1921 - 2013)
The Associated PressMEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Former World War II Army squad leader and Medal of Honor recipient Vernon McGarity has died at age 91, a funeral home said Thursday.McGarity died of cancer on Tuesday night in Memphis, said Taylor Loeffel, a spokeswoman for Memorial Park Funeral Home and Cemetery. Funeral services were set for Saturday.President Harry Truman awarded the Medal of Honor...
Alan Wood (2013)
The Associated PressLOS ANGELES (AP) — Alan Wood, a World War II veteran credited with providing the flag in the famous flag-raising on Iwo Jima, has died. He was 90.Wood died April 18 of natural causes at his Sierra Madre home, his son Steven Wood said Saturday.Wood was a 22-year-old Navy officer in charge of communications on a landing ship on Iwo Jima's shores Feb. 23, 1945 when a Marine...
Prince Badr bin Abdul-Aziz (2013)
The Associated PressRIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — The official Saudi Press Agency says a member of the Saudi royal family, who was the ex-deputy commander of the Saudi National Guard, has died. He was 81.The agency, which quoted a royal court statement, did not disclose the cause of death for Prince Badr bin Abdul-Aziz.He was the 20th son of the first Saudi monarch, King Abdul-Aziz.The agency...
Ewald-Heinrich von Kleist, 90 (1922 - 2013)
The Associated PressBERLIN (AP) — Ewald-Heinrich von Kleist, the last surviving member of the main plot to kill Adolf Hitler has died. He was 90.Von Kleist's wife, Gundula von Kleist, told The Associated Press that her husband passed away at home on March 8.As a young German army lieutenant, von Kleist was asked by the leader of the July 20, 1944 assassination attempt, Col. Claus von...
John J. Wilpers, Jr. (2013)
The Associated PressALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — John J. Wilpers Jr., the last surviving member of the U.S. Army intelligence unit that captured former Japanese prime minister Hideki Tojo after World War II, has died at 93.His son, John J. Wilpers III, told The Associated Press on Monday that his father died Thursday at an assisted living facility near his home in Garrett Park, Md.The upstate New York...
Major Thomas C. Griffin, 96 (1916 - 2013)
DAN SEWELL, The Associated Press CINCINNATI (AP) — Maj. Thomas C. "Tom" Griffin, a B-25 bomber navigator in the audacious Doolittle's Raid attack on mainland Japan during World War II, has died....
Charlie Morgan (2013)
KATHY McCORMACK, The Associated Press CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Charlie Morgan, a chief warrant officer in the New Hampshire Army National Guard who fought to repeal the federal law barring her wife...
James Muri (2013)
The Associated PressBILLINGS, Montana (AP) — World War II pilot James Muri, who saved his crippled B-26 bomber and crew by buzzing the flight deck of a Japanese aircraft carrier during the Battle...
Said Musa "Aba Musa" Maragha (2013)
ALBERT AJI, The Associated PressDAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — A hard-line Palestinian military commander who rebelled against leader Yasser Arafat to form his own rival party died in Damascus on Tuesday,...
Khanh Nguyen (2013)
GILLIAN FLACCUS, The Associated PressGARDEN GROVE, California (AP) — Khanh Nguyen, a South Vietnamese general who briefly gained control of the government in a coup and went on to lead a ...
Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf, 78 (1934 - 2012)
LOLITA C. BALDOR, The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Truth is, retired Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf didn't care much for his popular "Stormin' Norman" nickname. The seemingly no-nonsense...
Cdr. Job W. Price (2012)
KIMBERLY DOZIER, The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. military officials are investigating the apparent suicide of a Navy SEAL commander in Afghanistan. Cmdr. Job W. Price, 42, of...
Peter Struck, 69 (1943 - 2012)
JUERGEN BAETZ, The Associated PressBERLIN (AP) — Former German Defense Minister Peter Struck, a vehement opponent of the 2003 U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, died Wednesday following a heart attack. He...
Carrol Walsh, 91 (2012)
CHRIS CAROLA, The Associated Press ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Carrol Walsh, a retired state judge whose account of liberating Holocaust victims from a Nazi train led to reunions with the survivors 60...
Lt. Col. Herbert Eugene Carter (2012)
The Associated PressTUSKEGEE, Ala. (AP) — Retired Lt. Col. Herbert Eugene Carter, one of the original Tuskegee Airmen who broke color barriers in World War II, has died.Tuskegee Mayor Johnny Ford...
Frank Tanabe (2012)
HONOLULU (AP) — A World War II veteran whose effort to vote from his deathbed inspired thousands has died a week after casting his final ballot. Frank Tanabe passed away peacefully Wednesday at...
William Walker, 99 (2012)
The Associated PressLONDON (AP) — William Walker, whose poem is part of a national monument to his comrades in the Battle of Britain, has died at age 99.The Battle of Britain Trust said Walker died...
Basil L. Plumley, 92 (1920 - 2012)
The Associated PressCOLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) — Basil L. Plumley, a renowned career soldier whose exploits as an Army infantryman were portrayed in a book and the movie "We Were Soldiers," has died at 92...
Roy Bates (2012)
JILL LAWLESS, The Associated PressLONDON (AP) — Where most people saw a crumbling, rust-stained hunk of concrete and steel, Paddy Roy Bates saw a kingdom.Bates, who has died aged 91, occupied an...
Eric Lomax, 93 (1919 - 2012)
CASSANDRA VINOGRAD, The Associated PressLONDON (AP) — It's an unusual man who can forgive his wartime torturer — or whose quest to do so can touch so many people around the world.Eric Lomax, a...
Pavel Grachev, 64 (1948 - 2012)
The Associated PressMOSCOW (AP) — Pavel Grachev, a former Russian defense minister who led troops into Chechnya in the 1990s, died on Sunday. He was 64.Russia's president and prime minister both...
Sergei Sokolov, 101 (1911 - 2012)
The Associated PressMOSCOW (AP) — Sergei Sokolov, the Soviet defense minister fired by the Politburo after a German teenager landed his plane on Moscow's Red Square in the 1980s, died in Moscow on...
Gen. Tomas Sedlacek, 94 (2012)
The Associated PressPRAGUE (AP) — A Czech general who fought with the Allies in France, Britain and the Soviet Union during World War II and who later resisted the communist regimes in his own...
George Hickman (2012)
PHUONG LE, The Associated Press SEATTLE (AP) — George Hickman, one of the original African-American airmen, has died at age 88. His wife, Doris, confirmed Monday that he died early Sunday...
Alfonso Fabros (2012)
OLIVER TEVES, The Associated PressMANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines said Wednesday its oldest World War II veteran, who escaped from Japanese troops before the infamous Bataan Death March...
Major Ignacy Skowron, 97 (2012)
The Associated PressWARSAW, Poland (AP) — Maj. Ignacy Skowron, the last known Polish survivor of the opening battle of World War II, died on Sunday at the age of 97.Family friend Zofia Nowak said...
General Hisham Ikhtiyar (2012)
The Associated PressDAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian TV says the country's national security chief has died of wounds suffered in a rebel blast.Gen. Hisham Ikhtiyar is the fourth member of President...
James Franklin Goodrich, 99 (1913 - 2012)
The Associated PressFALMOUTH, Maine (AP) — A former president of Maine shipyard Bath Iron Works and under secretary of the U.S. Navy under President Ronald Reagan has died. James Franklin Goodrich...
Lt. Cmdr. Wesley Brown, 85 (1927 - 2012)
The Associated PressANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Retired Lt. Cmdr. Wesley Brown, the first African-American to graduate from the U.S. Naval Academy, has died, the Academy said. He was 85.The Capital of...
Gunnar Soensteby, 94 (1918 - 2012)
The Associated Press OSLO, Norway (AP) — Gunnar Soensteby, a World War II resistance fighter who earned Norway's highest military decoration for daring raids against the Nazis, has died. He was...