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Louis Zamperini, 97 (1917 - 2014)
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...
Chester Nez (2014)
FELICIA FONSECA, The Associated Press FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The language he once was punished for speaking in school became Chester Nez's primary weapon in World War II. Before hundreds of men from the Navajo Nation became Code Talkers, Nez and 28 others were recruited to develop a code based on the then-unwritten Navajo language. Locked in a room for 13 weeks, they came up with an...
Edmond Harjo (2014)
KRISTI EATON, The Associated Press OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Edmond Harjo, one of the last remaining Native American code talkers, has died. He was 96. Harjo was a member of the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma. He was also one of the last surviving members of a group of American Indians who used their native languages to encode U.S. battlefield communications during World Wars I and II. Harjo...
Jeremiah Denton, 89 (1924 - 2014)
PHILLIP RAWLS, The Associated Press Prisoner of war Jeremiah Denton declared his loyalty to the U.S. government during a 1966 interview for what was supposed to be a propaganda film. But his enraged captors missed his more covert message: "T-O-R-T-U-R-E," blinked into the camera in Morse code, a dispatch that would alert the U.S. military to the conditions he endured. Denton, who would...
Glenn McDuffie (2014)
RAMIT PLUSHNICK-MASTI, The Associated PressHOUSTON (AP) — A man who became known for claiming he was the sailor kissing a woman in Times Square in a famous World War II-era photo taken by a Life magazine photographer has died. Glenn McDuffie was 86.McDuffie died March 9 in a nursing home in Dallas, his daughter, Glenda Bell, told The Associated Press.After World War II, McDuffie, who was born...
William "Wild Bill" Guarnere, 90 (1923 - 2014)
The Associated PressPHILADELPHIA (AP) — William "Wild Bill" Guarnere, one of the World War II veterans whose exploits were dramatized in the TV miniseries "Band of Brothers," has died. He was 90His...
Huber Matos Benitez, 95 (1918 - 2014)
LAURA WIDES-MUNOZ, The Associated PressMIAMI (AP) — Huber Matos Benitez, who helped lead the Cuban Revolution as one of Fidel Castro's key lieutenants before his efforts to resign from the...
Walter D. Ehlers, 92 (1921 - 2014)
JOHN ROGERS, The Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — During the historic D-Day invasion of World War II, Walter D. Ehlers accomplished some of the most awe-inspiring acts of bravery imaginable,...
Miroslav Standera, 95 (1918 - 2014)
The Associated PressPRAGUE (AP) — Fighter pilot Miroslav Standera, who fled Czechoslovakia to fight for the British and French air forces in World War II, has died at age 95.Council officials in...
Hiroo Onoda, 91 (1922 - 2014)
ELAINE KURTENBACH, The Associated PressTOKYO (AP) — Hiroo Onoda, the last Japanese imperial soldier to emerge from hiding in a jungle in the Philippines and surrender, 29 years after the end of...
William Overstreet, Jr. (2013)
The Associated PressROANOKE, Virginia (AP) — World War II fighter pilot William Overstreet Jr., who gained fame for flying beneath the Eiffel Tower's arches in pursuit of a German aircraft, has...
Mikhail Kalashnikov, 94 (1919 - 2013)
JIM HEINTZ, The Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — Mikhail Kalashnikov started out wanting to make farm equipment, but the harvest he reaped was one of blood as the designer of the AK-47 assault...
Travis Obendorf (2013)
The Associated PressSEATTLE (AP) — The Coast Guard says one of its officers who was injured last month while rescuing crew members from a disabled fishing vessel off Alaska has died of his injuries...
General Paul Aussaresses, 95 (1918 - 2013)
THOMAS ADAMSON, The Associated PressPARIS (AP) — French Gen. Paul Aussaresses, whose remorseless admission of executions and torture during the Algerian independence war five decades ago forced...
Edward J. "Babe" Heffron, 90 (1923 - 2013)
The Associated PressPHILADELPHIA (AP) — Edward J. "Babe" Heffron, whose World War II service as a member of the Army's famed Easy Company was recounted in the book and TV miniseries "Band of...
Edward J. "Babe" Heffron, 90 (1923 - 2013)
The Associated Press PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Edward J. "Babe" Heffron, whose World War II service as a member of the Army's famed Easy Company was recounted in the book and TV miniseries "Band of...
William L. Booker (2013)
The Associated Press SEATTLE (AP) — William L. Booker, one of the black military aviators known as the Tuskegee Airmen, has died at the age of 90. Booker's family says he died Nov. 30 at a...
Erich Priebke, 100 (1913 - 2013)
NICOLE WINFIELD, The Associated PressROME (AP) — Erich Priebke, a former Nazi SS captain sentenced to life in prison for his role in one of the worst atrocities by German occupiers in Italy during...
Nicholas Oresko, 96 (1917 - 2013)
The Associated PressCRESSKILL, N.J. (AP) — A World War II veteran and the nation's oldest living Medal of Honor recipient has died in New Jersey.Nicholas Oresko, an Army master sergeant who was...
Gen. Vo Nguyen Giap, 102 (1911 - 2013)
CCHRIS BRUMMITT, The Associated Press HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Gen. Vo Nguyen Giap, the brilliant and ruthless commander who led the outgunned Vietnamese to victory first over the French and then...
Gen. David C. Jones, 92 (1921 - 2013)
The Associated Press, The Associated Press STERLING, Va. (AP) — David C. Jones, a retired Air Force general who helped set in motion a far-reaching reorganization of the U.S. military command...
Adm. John "Sandy" Woodward, 81 (1932 - 2013)
The Associated PressLONDON (AP) — Adm. John "Sandy" Woodward, who led the Royal Navy task force during the 1982 Falklands War, has died. He was 81.In announcing his death on Monday, Britain's...
John Edward Allen (2013)
RUSSELL CONTRERAS, The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — John Edward Allen, a New Mexico veteran who served as a Tuskegee Airman during World War II and later earned honors for his Air...
Col. George "Bud' Day, 88 (1925 - 2013)
JENNIFER KAY, The Associated Press MIAMI (AP) — Retired Col. George "Bud" Day, a Medal of Honor recipient who spent 5½ years as a prisoner-of-war in Vietnam and was Arizona Sen. John McCain's...
Vice Adm. Eugene P. Wilkinson (2013)
The Associated PressGROTON, Conn. (AP) — Retired Vice Adm. Eugene P. Wilkinson, the first commanding officer of the U.S. Navy's first nuclear-powered submarine, has died, the Naval Submarine Base...
Ret. Lt. Gen. Sidney Berry (2013)
The Associated PressWEST POINT, New York (AP) — Retired Army Lt. Gen. Sidney Berry, a highly decorated combat veteran of the Vietnam and Korean wars who led the U.S. Military Academy when women...
Curtis Tarr, 88 (1924 - 2013)
M.L. JOHNSON, The Associated PressMILWAUKEE (AP) — Curtis Tarr, the former head of the Selective Service System who oversaw the lottery for the draft during the Vietnam War, has died.Tarr died of...
Sou Met (2013)
SOPHENG CHEANG, The Associated PressPHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — A former top Khmer Rouge military officer who was expected to be indicted for alleged atrocities has died, a Cambodian official said...
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...
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...