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Obituaries

Indiana Navy veteran held in 1985 hijacking dies at 61

Clinton Suggs, a former U.S. Navy diver who made news in 1985 after he was held captive and abused by terrorists who hijacked an airline flight, died earlier this month. He was 61.


Bill Dana, 'Jose Jimenez' comedian and WWII vet, dies at 92

Comedy writer and performer Bill Dana, who won stardom in the 1950s and '60s with his character Jose Jimenez, has died.


Hickam-based lab identifies 5 missing war dead

A 19-year-old who died in the Korean War and an 18-year-old who perished on the USS Oklahoma on Dec. 7, 1941, are among five identifications announced Friday by the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency for return to family.


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World War II hero, Medal of Honor recipient Arthur Jackson dies at age 92

Arthur J. Jackson, who singlehandedly destroyed a dozen enemy pillboxes and killed 50 Japanese soldiers during a fierce battle on the Pacific island of Peleliu, died Wednesday at the Boise VA Medical Center.


Samuel V. Wilson, Army lieutenant general and spymaster, dies at 93

Samuel V. Wilson, a retired Army lieutenant general who led the Defense Intelligence Agency in the mid-1970s, encouraging intelligence officers to be more "Sherlock Holmes" than "James Bond," died June 10 at his home in Rice, Va. He was 93.


Retired US Army Lt. Gen. Sam Wilson dead at 93

Retired Lt. Gen. Samuel Wilson, who had a long military and intelligence career and was president of Hampden-Sydney College from 1992 to 2000, has died, the college has confirmed. He was 93.


Thomas J. Kinsman, Vietnam veteran and Medal of Honor recipient, dies at 72

Thomas J. Kinsman, an Army veteran who received the Medal of Honor for his actions during the Vietnam War, passed away May 15, 2017, in Washington state at the age of 72.


Wilburn Ross, who received Medal of Honor for heroism in WWII, dies at 94

Retired Master Sgt. Wilburn K. Ross served in the Army's storied 3rd Infantry Division during World War II and saw combat in Morocco and Italy, where he was wounded by shrapnel in 1943. He received the Medal of Honor for single-handedly fighting back eight German counterattacks during a battle in France.


Edward Yamasaki dies; WWII veteran of the 442nd RCT wrote battle memoir

Edward Yamasaki, author of “And Then There Were Eight,” a story about Japanese-Americans rescuing 211 Texas soldiers surrounded by Germans, died April 27 in a hospital in Nagasaki, Japan, after suffering a stroke. He was 92.


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Medal of Honor recipient Leo K. Thorsness dies at age 85

Medal of Honor recipient Col. Leo K. Thorsness died Tuesday in St. Augustine, Florida, according to a news release from the Congressional Medal of Honor Society. He was 85.


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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.