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Yitzhak Hofi, 87 (1927 - 2014)
The Associated PressJERUSALEM (AP) — Yitzhak Hofi, a former Israeli general and Mossad chief who played a key role in the country's daring 1976 commando rescue raid in Uganda, has died. He was 87.Hofi fought in Israel's War of Independence in 1948 and rose through the ranks to become head of the northern command during the 1973 Arab-Israeli war. He was regarded as one of the few top officers...
Richard Marowitz (2014)
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...
Gen. Harold J. Greene (2014)
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...
Charles T. Payne (2014)
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...
Theodore "Dutch" Van Kirk , 93 (1921 - 2014)
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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. 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...