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WWII photographer Robert Stinnett, also noted for Stanford band football shot, dies

Robert “Bob” Stinnett, a prize-winning Oakland Tribune photographer for decades, who was also known for his friendly demeanor, died Tuesday in San Jose at the age of 94.


Decorated WWII veteran and oldest priest in Allentown diocese, dies at 96

In a 2003 interview, the Rev. Edward McElduff said he was restless after the war and began reflecting on the fact that he survived while so many others didn’t. “The Lord had saved me for something. He saved me, and he took care of me in so many other ways. So I decided, I'm going to give the Lord a try.”


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Army veteran dies 12 years after he was paralyzed on duty in Iraq

Army Spc. Evan Mettie – whose combat injury in Iraq brought light to the military's lack of treatment for traumatic brain injury – died of pneumonia on Oct. 14. He was 34.


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WWII veteran Tuskegee Airmen Claude Rowe Jr. buried with honors

Claude Alexander Rowe Jr. of Chula Vista, who served in the armed forces of two allied nations during World War II, was laid to rest Friday at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery in San Diego with full military honors, including a gun salute and a "missing man" formation flyby of WWII-era fighters. Rowe died on Sept. 20 at age 97.


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Former Army nurse 'led a life of service'

When Vicki Santoro boarded a flight on Sept. 30, 2016, she didn't expect the pilot to announce that a World War II veteran who served in the Army Nurse Corps was on board. She was overwhelmed by the attention. Santoro died Sept. 17, 2018. She was 99 years old, just two months shy of her 100th birthday.


Florida veteran of WWII and Vietnam dies at 101

When Gen. George Patton raced his 3rd Army across Europe in World War II, a 27-year-old brigadier general commanding a tank battalion for him was Albin F. Irzyk.


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Three branches of service and three wars: Texas veteran dies one day after 91st birthday

After serving aboard the USS Lexington during World War II, Cecil D. Hill went on to become a pilot serving in Korea and Vietnam. According to his obituary, Hill served in the Navy, Army and Air Force and died August 26, one day after his 91st birthday.


Francis J. 'Red' Grandy: Stripes' prolific veteran photographer, dead at 96

Francis J. "Red" Grandy was known for some of the most iconic photos in the world, including one that caught the priceless look on Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower's face at the precise moment he learned that Gen. Douglas D. MacArthur had been dismissed as Korean War commander


Thomas W. Snowden was among the nation's first black Marines

He was among about 400 members of the Montford Point Marines who received the Congressional Gold Medal in 2012 for their service during World War II.


Sidney Shachnow, Special Forces legend and Holocaust survivor, dies at 83

Retired Maj. Gen. Sidney Shachnow survived three years in a Nazi concentration camp, he deployed twice to the jungles of Vietnam and he was the top U.S. Army officer in Berlin at the end of the Cold War. Along the way, the general became a legendary Special Forces officer, revered by many in the close-knit community of Green Berets.


Vincent E. Johnson, lawyer and World War II vet who opposed Vietnam War, dies

Vincent Johnson died Sept. 18 from congestive heart failure. He was 97. His children remember him as a warmhearted man who stood up for his principles and conveyed them to his family.


Harold P. Kopp dies; Navy veteran invented the first electronic surge protector

When Harold P. Kopp got his initial patent, it was for a device called the Zap Trap. It was the first electronic voltage surge suppressor, the predecessor to the power strips in widespread use today.


'Star Wars' producer, former Marine Gary Kurtz dead at 78

Gary Kurtz, “Star Wars” producer and Vietnam-era veteran, died Sunday in North London, England, after battling cancer.


Last surviving soldier from underground Polish Home Army unit dies at 96 in New York

Jozef Zawitkowski was the last surviving soldier from his unit in the underground Polish Home Army in World War II. He was due to receive another medal in Poland later this year, which one of his nephews now will accept.


Brig. Gen. James Thayer, World War II vet and father of Kiss guitarist, dies at 96

Brig. Gen. James B. Thayer died Sunday at age 96, according to an announcement from the rock band Kiss, in which Thayer's son, Tommy, is a guitarist.