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Ex-German sailor who joined US Army and served in Korea and Vietnam dies at 91

Kurt Dressler fought under Adolf Hitler during World War II, but went on to join the U.S. Army and serve in the Korean and Vietnam wars.


Former Navy SEAL Rudy Boesch, an early fan favorite on ‘Survivor,’ dies at 91

Rudy Boesch, a retired, tough-as-nails Navy SEAL and fan favorite on the inaugural season of “Survivor,” has died after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. He was 91.


John Conyers, long-serving congressman who co-founded Congressional Black Caucus, dies at 90

John Conyers Jr., who became the longest-serving African American in Congress, co-founded the Congressional Black Caucus and helped create a national holiday in the name of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. but whose career rapidly crumbled at 88 when he resigned amid sexual harassment allegations, died Oct. 27 at his home in Detroit. He was 90.


Ceremony recognizes 81 Vietnamese 'heroes who could not be buried in their own country'

Vietnam, led by a government the 81 soldiers had fought against, twice declined to accept their remains for burial. They became “men without a country,” former U.S. Sen. Jim Webb said.


Thomas D’Alesandro III, former Baltimore mayor and brother of House speaker, dies at 90

Army veteran Thomas D’Alesandro III, the scion of a Maryland political dynasty who led Baltimore as mayor during the 1968 riots after the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., left politics and decades later saw his sister, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, pick up the family mantle, died Sunday at his home in Baltimore.


Hundreds honor Master Sgt. Mark Allen, injured during the search for Bowe Bergdahl, as man of strength and determination

Master Sgt. Mark Allen died on Saturday more than 10 years after being critically injured in Afghanistan. He could no longer walk or speak, but he survived extensive surgeries and life in hospitals before he was finally able to return home.


David E. Webb dies; flew more than 250 fighter missions in Vietnam

David E. Webb of Maumee, Ohio, an accomplished airline pilot and cigar store owner who was an Air Force combat veteran of the Vietnam War, died Sept. 24 at ProMedica Flower Hospital. He was 77.


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Rep. Elijah Cummings, key figure in Trump impeachment inquiry, dies at 68

Maryland Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, a sharecropper's son who rose to become a civil rights champion and the chairman of one of the U.S. House committees leading an impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump, died Thursday of complications from longstanding health problems. He was 68.


‘Cajun Bob’ Thoms, Marine who led major assault during Vietnam War’s Battle of Hue, dies at 75

Robert L. Thoms — nicknamed “Cajun Bob” for his thick native Baton Rouge accent — was awarded the Silver Star medal for “conspicuous gallantry” during the assault on the Arch Tower on Feb. 15, 1968, during some of the most ferocious fighting of North Vietnam’s Tet Offensive.


Retired soldier who was wounded in 2009 search for Bowe Bergdahl has died

A soldier who was shot in the head while searching for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who had deserted his post and was captured by the Taliban in Afghanistan, died Saturday.


Byron Fuller, Naval aviator who survived six years in Hanoi Hilton and rose to rear admiral, dies at 91

Navy pilot Byron Fuller spent almost six years as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam, where his battered body was tortured and starved. Upon his release in 1973, he promptly took up again the life that was his: As husband, father, Navy man.


Francis Currey, one of the last living Medal of Honor recipients from World War II, dies at 94

Francis Currey's Medal of Honor — which he received on July 27, 1945, after the Allied victory in Europe and just before the defeat of Japan — was one of 472 awarded for service during World War II, according to the Congressional Medal of Honor Society.


Educator Bill Tamburrino dies; decorated B-17s with images of famous women during WWII

Bill Tamburrino, a retired Baltimore City public schools vice principal and a World War II veteran who painted the likenesses of famous women on bombers, died of heart disease Sept. 17 at a family member’s home. The Fallston resident was 98.


With death of Lauren Bruner, 98, only three survivors of USS Arizona attack remain

During a news conference in 2014, Lauren Bruner announced he decided to have the urn that would hold his cremated ashes interred aboard the USS Arizona.


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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.