A former Stars and Stripes editor in the Pacific has died after a bout with cancer. He was 75.

Howard Charles “Pete” Peterson, managing editor with Pacific Stars and Stripes from 1970 to 1977, died April 29 in Albuquerque, N.M.

He was with the newspaper in Tokyo from 1960 to 1965 and 1966 until 1977. He was Korea editor and news editor prior to being named managing editor.

Originally from Worcester, Mass., Peterson served in the Army Air Corps during World War II. He was assigned to Operation Crossroads, an atmospheric nuclear weapon test series conducted in the summer of 1946.

The series consisted of two detonations, the first such tests held off Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands.

After military service he graduated from the University of New Mexico and went into journalism.

Peterson is survived by his mother, Ethel Peterson, and his two daughters, Catherine Peterson Moorhouse and Helen Peterson.

His wife, Edith H. Peterson, died in 1974.

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