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Obituaries

Former Marine and homespun character actor Wilford Brimley dies at 85

Wilford Brimley, a Utah blacksmith and horse trainer who made a career transition to movies and commercials, often stealing scenes as gruff and homespun characters in films such as “Tender Mercies,” “The Natural” and “Cocoon,” died Aug. 1 in a Utah hospital. He was 85.


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Former presidential candidate and businessman Herman Cain dies at 74

Herman Cain was as successful and opinionated as he was unforgettable, but COVID-19 silenced him, his current and former employees confirmed Thursday. He was 74.


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Former president who brought direct elections to Taiwan dies

Former Taiwanese President Lee Teng-hui, who brought direct elections and other democratic changes to the self-governed island despite missile launches and other fierce saber-rattling by China, has died. He was 97.


Ex-Indiana Gov. Kernan, who was a Vietnam POW, dies at 74

Former Indiana Gov. Joe Kernan, a Vietnam prisoner of war who entered politics and was thrust into the state's top office when his predecessor suffered a deadly stroke, died Wednesday at age 74.


WWII codebreaker, school integration advocate Edith Reynolds White dies at 96

Edith Reynolds White, a codebreaker during WWII who also worked as the head librabrian at Norfolk Academy and as an integration activist, has died in Williamsburg, Virginia, at 96.


Fort Campbell, Ky., first lieutenant dies in noncombat incident in Afghanistan

1st Lt. Joseph Trent Allbaugh, 24, from Folsom, Calif., was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 44th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, 108th ADA Brigade. The fatal incident is under investigation.


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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.


Retired Gen. Frederick Kroesen, whose career spanned from WWII to the late Cold War, dies at 97

Retired Gen. Frederick Kroesen fought in Korea and Vietnam, and served as Army vice chief of staff during his 40-year career. He died at the age of 97.


Patrick Tadina, Vietnam War's longest continuously serving Ranger, dies at 77

A 30-year Army veteran who was the longest continuously serving Ranger in Vietnam and one of the war’s most decorated enlisted soldiers has died.


Head of Navy aviation school command, one other Navy pilot killed in plane crash

Two seasoned Naval aviators were killed in a civilian plane crash in Alabama this week while heading back to Pensacola, Fla., where they were both based.


Drowning is preliminary cause of death for Scott AFB officer, coroner says

The St. Clair County coroner has reported that drowning is the preliminary cause of death for an Air Force officer who died after he was found unconscious in a pool on Scott AFB on Friday.


Army reservist who died of coronavirus had just become a father

Sgt. Simon Zamudio died at a suburban Chicago hospital after contracting the virus, according to Army officials and an obituary announcing his death. He was assigned to the 371st Theater Movement Control Element at Fort Sheridan, Ill.


Medal of Honor recipient Bennie Adkins, known for Vietnam heroics, dies of coronavirus

Medal of Honor recipient Bennie Adkins is credited with killing 135 to 175 Vietnamese in a nearly four-day battle while being wounded 18 times and helping fellow soldiers to safety.


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Marine veteran, former South Carolina football star King Dixon dies at 83

King Dixon, a longtime fixture of University of South Carolina athletics who served 22 years in the Marine Corps, died Monday night from complications caused by pancreatic cancer.


WWII veteran Marvin Strombo, who returned fallen Japanese soldier's flag to family, dies at 96

Marvin Strombo, a United States Marine who as a young man on war-torn islands of the Pacific saw humanity at its worst and journeyed to Japan at age 93 to display it at its best, died Tuesday night.