Notable Military Deaths

  • 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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  • Chester Nez (2014)

    Chester Nez

    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...

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  • Edmond Harjo (2014)

    Edmond  Harjo

    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...

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  • Jeremiah Denton, 89 (1924 - 2014)

    Jeremiah Denton

    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...

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  • Glenn McDuffie (2014)

    Glenn McDuffie

    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...

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