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WWII combat cinematographer Norman Hatch dies at 96

Maj. Norman T. Hatch, a Marine combat cinematographer during World War II whose harrowing footage became the basis of an Academy Award-winning documentary short, has died, his son said. He was 96.


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Julia Hamblet, director of Women Marines in the 1950s, dies at 100

Julia Hamblet, a retired colonel who was instrumental in integrating women into the regular Marine Corps in the late 1940s and became the longest-serving director of the women’s branch of the Marines, died April 17 at a retirement community in Williamsburg, Virginia. She was 100.


Army hero Col. Richard Kattar dies at 84

The military became a 30-year career for that took Col. Richard J. Kattar on two tours in Vietnam, as a chief negotiator in Berlin during the Cold War and to Fort Devens in Massachusetts, where he served as commander.


Judge worked to bring attention to Korean War

In 1995, he became the first service member from northwest Ohio to be inducted into the Ohio National Guard Military Hall of Fame. He served in each Army rank, from private through field-grade officer and a general officer-of-the-line, during his military career.


Don Rickles, lightning-fast launcher of comic insults, dies at 90

Don Rickles, the irrepressible master of the comic insult whose humor was a fast-paced, high-volume litany of mockery in which members of his audience were the (usually) willing victims of his verbal assaults, died April 6 at his home Los Angeles. The U.S. Navy veteran of the World War II Pacific theater was 90.


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Mary Bosco, WWII vet and lifetime peace and environment activist, dies at 96

Mary Louise Bosco joined the Army after the U.S. entered World War II and afterward spent the rest of her life working for a more peaceful, just and healthy world. She died Saturday at the age of 96.


Creator of rainbow flag, Vietnam-era vet; dead at 65

Gilbert Baker,creator of the rainbow flag that has become a widely recognized symbol of gay rights has died at age 65. Baker was a soldier stationed in San Francisco who continued to live there after his honorable discharge in 1972.


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One of the Army's most decorated soldiers, former commander of 82nd Airborne and Fort Bragg, dies

Lt. Gen. Thomas H. Tackaberry joined an Army at war, enlisting amid World War II. He later served in Korea and Vietnam, becoming a hero of both conflicts. He’d go on to command the 82nd Airborne Division and, later, the 18th Airborne Corps and Fort Bragg. He died Monday at the age of 93.


Veteran whose heroic deeds went unrecognized for 6 decades dead at 100

Friends, family and military personnel gathered Friday to pay tribute to the late Carl E. Clark, a Menlo Park U.S. Navy veteran who had to wait more than 65 years for formal recognition of his heroism on the front lines of World War II.


John R. Fitzpatrick Jr., longest continuously-serving US servicemember in Korean War, dies at 93

John R. Fitzpatrick Jr. began his combat tour in the Korean Peninsula in September 1950 as part of the landing on the Inchon beachhead under forces led by Army Gen. Douglas MacArthur. “Since then,” the New York Times reported in April 1953, “he has chased and been chased up and then down the Korean Peninsula.”


Army veteran 'Bobblehead Bob' Manak dies at 57

Bob Manak's hobby was collections, from scouring flea markets for the colorful bobbleheads that filled his West Side Cleveland home to displaying shot glasses, magnets and other trinkets. But mostly he collected friends.


Joseph Wapner, folksy 'People's Court' judge and WWII combat veteran, dies at 97

Joseph A. Wapner, a retired California judge whose flinty-folksy style of resolving disputes on the show "The People's Court" helped spawn an entire genre of courtroom-based reality television with no-nonsense jurists and often clueless litigants, died Feb. 26 at his home in Los Angeles. He was 97.


WWII Navy officer who helped rescue JFK dies at age 97

William F. “Bud” Liebenow, who captained the PT boat that rescued John F. Kennedy after a Japanese destroyer sank the future president’s PT-109, died Friday, Feb. 24, at his home in Mount Airy. He was 97.


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Retired Lt. Gen. Hal Moore remembered as great warrior, leader

“You won’t read or hear of a more beloved and dedicated officer and soldier than Lt. Gen. Moore,” said Gen. Robert Abrams, commander of U.S. Army Forces Command. “He was a combat infantryman known for his courage, bravery and deep love for soldiers.


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Retired Lt. Gen. Hal Moore, Ia Drang battle commander, dies at 94

Retired Lt. Gen. Hal Moore, the commander at the Battle of Ia Drang in 1965 that led him to co-author the book, “We Were Soldiers Once, and Young,” died Friday at his home in Auburn, Ala. He was 94.