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NASA's first female astronaut candidate, Jerrie Cobb, dies

America's first female astronaut candidate, pilot Jerrie Cobb, who pushed for equality in space but never reached its heights, has died.


R.V. Burgin, author and Marine portrayed in HBO’s ‘The Pacific,’ dies at 96

Texas native R.V. Burgin's unflinching account of several battles he survived during the war helped inspire “The Pacific,” a miniseries produced by HBO in 2010.


World War II veteran and former Illinios circuit clerk C. Barney Metz dies at 93

C. Barney Metz was in the Army from July 1943 to January 1946 and served under Gen. George Patton in Germany. In 2016, U.S. Rep. Mike Bost, R-Ill., presented Metz with medals recognizing his service during World War II, including European, African and Middle Eastern campaign medals.


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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.


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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.


Paint-by-numbers art innovator, WWII veteran Dan Robbins dies

Dan Robbins, an artist whose idea for paint-by-number sets sparked a hobby craze and, decades later, inspired an exhibition at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, died Monday at age 93.


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.”


Howard Lee, Medal of Honor recipient who led long-odds defense, dies at 85

He volunteered to rescue a beleaguered platoon that had embarked on a reconnaissance mission and helped the Marines stave off North Vietnamese forces for six hours.


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Danny Brumfield, Vietnam vet who led a homeless life on the streets, dies at 67

Danny Brumfield, a Marine Corps veteran of the war in Vietnam, an office assistant and security guard who had been homeless, unemployed and living on the streets since 1992, died Feb. 27 at an Alexandria, Virginia, hospital. He was 67.


Joe Bellino, Navy's first Heisman Trophy winner, dies at age 81

Navy football lost one of its legends Thursday when Joe Bellino died in his home state of Massachusetts at the age of 81. Bellino, the 1960 Heisman Trophy winner as a standout halfback for the Midshipmen, had been in failing health for some time.


Tuskegee Airman Robert T. McDaniel dies at 96

Fort Worth's last surviving member of the Tuskegee Airmen died Tuesday at the age of 96. Robert T McDaniel was one of the elite black airmen who flew combat aircraft in World War II at a time when the military was segregated.


Johnstown, Pa. Veterans Day parade loses its leader with the passing of Harry Plows

“Johnstown’s loss is Heaven’s gain, I’ll tell you that much,” said former U.S. Rep. Keith Rothfus, who got to know Harry Plows when attending the city’s annual Veterans Day activities.


Birch Bayh, Indiana senator who championed Title IX, dies at 91

Former senator Birch Bayh, the author of two major constitutional amendments as well as legislation that dramatically improved women's rights in classrooms and on athletic fields, died March 14 at his home in Easton, Maryland. He was 91.


Ralph Hall, WWII veteran and 17-term congressman, dies at 95

Ralph M. Hall, a Texas Democrat-turned-Republican who was elected 17 times to Congress, where he became dean of his state's delegation, one of the last veterans of World War II on Capitol Hill and the oldest person in history to serve in the House, died March 7 at his home in Rockwall, Texas. He was 95.


Bob Dalton, oldest of four Charlotte brothers who served in World War II, dies at 97

Robert “Bob” Dalton Jr. — a Purple Heart, Bronze Star and French Legion of Honour recipient who helped the Army liberate several areas of France after the 1944 D-Day invasion at Normandy — was the oldest of four brothers who all served in World War II.