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Obituaries

Former Albany, Ga. Mayor Eugene Clark dies; flew WWII bomber missions

Eugene Raine Clark Jr. was a member of the “Greatest Generation” whose accomplishments continued long after his military service ended.


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.


Herbert Stempel, whistleblower in quiz show scandals, dies at 93

Herbert Stempel, the Bronx-born brainiac who became a central figure and whistleblower in the game show rigging scandals of the 1950s, died April 7 at age 93.


John Shimoda, renowned forensics expert who served in WWII and Korea, dies at 100

A man who died from injuries he suffered in a fire Monday at his family’s rural California home was a World War II and Korean war veteran who learned criminal investigation in the Army and became director of the U.S. Army Crime Laboratories.


Actor and Army veteran Richard Herd, who appeared on 'Seinfeld' and in 'Get Out,' dies at 87

Richard Herd, a character actor who appeared in scores of films and television series, died of cancer-related causes.


Sam Johnson, ex-Texas GOP congressman and Vietnam POW, dies

Johnson, a military pilot, was imprisoned in the infamous "Hanoi Hilton" for nearly seven years, mostly in solitary confinement. He died Wednesday at age 89 of natural causes unrelated to the coronavirus outbreak.


Tuskegee Airman radio technician from Texas dies at 101

Mazie Warren, who spent four years with the U.S. Army Air Corps as a radio technician at the Tuskegee Army Flying School, died on Memorial Day. At 101, he was one of the last remaining Tuskegee Airmen.


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.


L. Theodore Lawrence Jr., WWII veteran and pioneering cardiologist, dies at 99

Cardiologist and World War II veteran L. Theodore Lawrence Jr., 99, of Newtown Square, Pa., died Tuesday, May 5, at Quadrangle Retirement Home in Haverford of complications related to COVID-19.


Sam Johnson, ex-Texas GOP congressman and Vietnam POW, dies

Johnson, a military pilot, was imprisoned in the infamous "Hanoi Hilton" for nearly seven years, mostly in solitary confinement. He died Wednesday at age 89 of natural causes unrelated to the coronavirus outbreak.


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WWII Navy veteran and longtime news executive William J. Keating dead at 93

William J. Keating, who spent three decades as an Ohio newspaper executive after leaving Congress in the mid-1970s, has died, his family confirmed. He was 93.


Oldest 49er, WWII Army veteran Jesse Freitas Sr. dies at 99

Jesse Freitas Sr., a quarterback on the inaugural San Francisco 49ers squad and a World War II veteran, was 99.


Medal of Honor recipient Ronald Shurer dies after lengthy struggle with lung cancer

Ronald Shurer, a former Green Beret who later worked for the U.S. Secret Service, was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer in 2017 and had chronicled his treatment and hospitalization on Instagram.


Jerry Stiller, comedian and 'Seinfeld' actor who served in the Army, dies at 92

Jerry Stiller, who served near the end of World War II, went on to become an actor with memorable roles in “Seinfeld,” “King of Queens” and “Hairspray.”


Recent Marine battalion commander, 43, dies of heart attack after short illness

Lt. Col. Geoff Hollopeter, the former commander of 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, died April 3 in San Diego after going into cardiac arrest, the 1st Marine Division announced Tuesday in a statement.