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Notable Military Deaths

  • Yitzhak Hofi, 87 (1927 - 2014)

    Yitzhak Hofi

    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...

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  • 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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