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Obituaries

Veteran fighter pilot Stillman Vaughan “Bud” Taylor, Jr. lived with 'true grit'

Maj. Stillman Vaughan “Bud” Taylor, Jr., a Texas Longhorns fan, master of crossword puzzles, golfer and proud Red River Rat, a member of the Red River Valley Fighter Pilots Association, died Jan. 8 from respiratory complications. He was 86.


Col. Charles R. Johnson, active veteran in NY Capital Region, dies

Retired Army Col. Charles R. Johnson, an active supporter of veterans and other causes and husband of the former head of Emma Willard School, Trudy Hall, died Thursday.


Air Force veteran of 3 wars, witness to atomic bomb dies

Air Force retired Lt. Col. John Hawkins Napier III, 91, died on December 27, 2016. He was a veteran of three wars and one of the last witnesses of the atomic bomb's destruction on Japan.


Decorated Vietnam War Navy aviator Austin Monroe Lindsey dies

Austin Monroe Lindsey was in the words of his minister “a true American hero.” But despite serving in the Navy for 23 years, he was just as apt to describe himself as a servant of God, said the Rev. Jane Stanley of The Nourishing Place in Gulfport, Miss.


Selig Harrison, Navy vet and scholar who shaped Asian affairs, dies at 89

Selig Harrison, a journalist who covered Asian affairs for The Washington Post and later helped shape them as a scholar, author and advocate of diplomacy with North Korea, where he made 11 trips over four decades as a rare guest of the country's reclusive regime, died Dec. 30 in Camden, Maine. He was 89.


Vet who served with pioneering 1st black Marines dies at 89

A Georgia man who served among the first black U.S. Marines during World War II died Tuesday just a few years after Congress honored him and fellow Montford Point Marines for their pioneering role in a segregated military.


Jack Crittenden, WWII Port Chicago explosion survivor, dies

On his first military assignment, Crittenden witnessed the horror of losing 332 of his comrades in the infamous July 17, 1944 Port Chicago, Calif., explosion, including many African-American seamen loading ammunition onto a ship.


Alaska military historian, Army veteran John Cloe dead at 78

John Haile Cloe, whose encyclopedic knowledge of the military history of Alaska made him the leading expert on World War II in the territory, died at his Anchorage home on Dec. 26. He was 78 years old.


Former WWII POW and unlikely star of Clinton campaign dies

Former prisoner of war Joel D. Sollender of Poway, who was catapulted into unlikely fame in crucial swing states after starring in a pair of televised ads for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, has died.


George Donald Riley Jr., Navy veteran and author, dies

George Donald Riley Jr. served aboard the destroyer tender USS Frontier in the Pacific, the aircraft carrier USS F.D. Roosevelt in the Atlantic, the fleet oiler USS Caliente off the coast of Korea during the Korean War and with the Pacific Fleet's submarine force in Hawaii.


Henry J. Heimlich dies; Navy veteran invented lifesaving technique for choking victims

Henry J. Heimlich, the Cincinnati surgeon whose "bear-hug" maneuver has been credited with saving the lives of tens of thousands of choking victims but whose aggressive self-promotion and unorthodox medical ideas cast a shadow over his legacy, died Dec. 17 at a Cincinnati hospital. He was 96.


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Pearl Harbor survivor, volunteer greeter dies at age 99

“Uncle Herb” Weatherwax, a Pearl Harbor survivor and an always-smiling, much-loved volunteer at the USS Arizona Memorial visitor center, died Monday, the Navy said.


Bataan Death March survivor Tony Reyna dead at 100

Tony Reyna, who was a member of the New Mexico Army National Guard when he was captured by Japanese forces on the Bataan Peninsula, died in New Mexico early Sunday.


Vet, best-selling author and advocate found dead in Texas

An Army veteran who overcame a severe case of post-traumatic stress disorder to become a best-selling author and veterans advocate died over the weekend in El Paso.


Air Force football great Carson Bird succumbs to bone cancer

Air Force football great Carson Bird died Saturday after a struggle with chondrosarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer. He was 31.