Paul C. Rapp, a former military journalist and publisher of Pacific Stars and Stripes, died in St. Petersburg, Fla., late last month.
A 22-year Army veteran, Rapp, 86, of Orange City, Fla., died of a heart attack Dec. 27 while visiting his family for Christmas, according to news accounts.
Rapp was working at his hometown newspaper, The Evening News of Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., when he was drafted into the Army in 1940. He was commissioned an officer in 1942 and led an infantry rifle company until he was wounded in Normandy, France. He was reactivated by the Army in 1948 and served in Hawaii, Korea and Japan, where he was editor and publisher of the Pacific Stars and Stripes.
Later, he became a Washington correspondent for both the Pacific and European editions of the newspaper.
Rapp also served as a Pentagon spokesman under Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara in the Kennedy and Johnson administrations before retiring from the military in 1965 as a lieutenant colonel.
— From staff reports