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Robert Morgenthau, Navy vet who became longest-serving Manhattan DA, dies at 99

Robert M. Morgenthau was Manhattan's top state prosecutor for 35 years, with his office handling around 100,000 criminal cases yearly.


John Paul Stevens to lie in repose at Supreme Court before Arlington National Cemetery burial

Retired justice John Paul Stevens, who joined the Navy the day before Pearl Harbor was attacked, will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery on Tuesday.


Navy veteran Bruce Laingen, top American held in Iran during hostage crisis, dies

After being held hostage in Iran for 444 days, Bruce Laingen and 51 other Americans safely returned to the U.S. amid celebrations and parades. Laingen, whose career in the Foreign Service spanned 38 years, died Monday at age 96.


200th FDNY member, a Vietnam veteran, dies of 9/11-related illness

Retired Firefighter Richard Driscoll, who died in New York Wednesday, became the 200th Fire Department member to die from inhaling the toxins swirling around the Twin Towers nearly 18 years ago, the FDNY said.


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Pumpsie Green, first black player on Boston Red Sox, dies

Former Boston Red Sox infielder Elijah "Pumpsie" Green, the first black player on the last major league team to field one, has died. He was 85.


Santa Fe man remembered as WWII hero: ‘He wanted an Army career’

Dennis Ferk, who took part in battles on Guadalcanal and Bougainville in the Pacific, died Friday at age 98, just a month after he took part in an Honor Flight that carried World War II veterans to Washington to see the World War II Memorial.


Navy veteran Bruce Laingen, top American held in Iran during hostage crisis, dies

After being held hostage in Iran for 444 days, Bruce Laingen and 51 other Americans safely returned to the U.S. amid celebrations and parades. Laingen, whose career in the Foreign Service spanned 38 years, died Monday at age 96.


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Navy veteran, former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens dies at 99

John Paul Stevens joined the Navy the day before the attack on Pearl Harbor, and was awarded the Bronze Star for his service with a Japanese code-breaking team


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Vietnam vet Ken Griffith, Silver Star helicopter pilot, dies at 79

While stationed at Cu Chi, north of Saigon, Army Capt. Kenneth Griffith piloted a damaged helicopter full of wounded soldiers back to base for a controlled crash landing. Griffith lost a leg in the crash, and returned home in 1969 as a young military retiree. The Vietnam veteran died July 5. He was 79.


'Anchors Aweigh' prank at West Point got Ross Perot and buddy a few hours in jail

In the mid-1970s, Ross Perot and some buddies climbed to the roof of a campus chapel at 1:30 a.m. and played 'Anchors Aweigh' on the roof bells. When lights across the base started turning on they tried to get away but were met by military police.


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Last living Doolittle Raider dies in Texas at 103

Retired Lt. Col. Richard “Dick” Cole was one of 80 members of the first U.S. strike against Japanese mainland targets in World War II, credited for bringing optimism of winning the war to the American people.


US contractor killed in Afghanistan remembered at Mass. funeral

Retired Army Special Forces Chief Warrant Officer 4 Christian McCoy who was killed in Afghanistan in June was remembered Tuesday during a funeral service that drew family, friends and former military comrades.


Marine colonel known for heartfelt Iraq War letters laid to rest

Retired Col. Mark A. Smith, who wrote dozens of letters praised for their compassion and eloquence to the families of his Marine Reserve battalion during a deployment early in the Iraq War, was remembered this week as a “Marine’s Marine.”


Emmy-winning actor, Army veteran Rip Torn has died at the age of 88

After service as a military policeman during the Korean War, Rip Torn hitchhiked to Hollywood. The free-spirited Texan overcame his quirky name to become a distinguished actor in theater, television and movies.


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One of the last surviving Hmong war heroes has died

Youa True Joseph Vang, one of the last surviving Hmong heroes from the Vietnam War era and a prominent St. Paul leader, pastor and businessman, died Wednesday. He was 83.