Gary Burden, veteran who designed album covers for California rockers, dies at 84

Gary Burden, a Marine Corps veteran, came relatively late to rock and roll. He was working as a bowtie-clad architect in the late 1960s when a client — Cass Elliot, singer "Mama Cass" of the Mamas & the Papas — suggested he stop renovating houses and start designing album covers.

Florence 'Shutsy' Reynolds dies; flew planes with WASPs in WWII

Florence “Shutsy” Reynolds, the first woman to receive a pilot's license at Connellsville, Pa. Airport and was one of 1,102 women who served in the Women's Air Force Service Pilots during World War II, died Thursday at home.

Floyd Carter Sr., one of the remaining Tuskegee Airmen, dies at 95

Carter rose to the rank of Air Force lieutenant colonel years after joining the group of African-American pilots at Tuskegee University.


Norman DiDonato, 84, headed engineering and architecture firm

After graduating from the University of Notre Dame in 1956, Norm DiDonato was assigned by the Army to the Armed Forces Special Weapons Project, which managed nuclear weapons, he worked with a group of engineers in the Pentagon. DiDonato died Monday after a brief struggle with cancer. He was 84.

Anthony Acevedo, US Army medic who endured prison-camp horrors during WWII, dies at 93

In the winter of 1944 and 1945, Anthony Acevedo was a 20-year-old Army medic assisting wounded soldiers in the Battle of the Bulge. The six-week battle helped bring an end to World War II in Europe, but for Acevedo the horror was just beginning.


Decorated Vietnam veteran dies in Alabama

Retired Maj. Gordon Lee was old Army and rough around the edges. An officer in Special Forces who served two tours in Vietnam and earned a Purple Heart, the Jacksonville, Ala., man was someone not to cross. He was also a man who never failed to help his family, friends and community when needed. Lee died on March 1. He was 76.

Tuskegee Airman Albert Porché Sr. 'had no idea he would make history'

In 1941, Albert Porché Sr. found himself sitting outside a bus station all night, fighting off mosquitoes and rain as a member of the U.S. Army. He didn't know it at the time, but he was waiting to become a member of the Tuskegee Airmen.

Scientist, Montford Point Marine Ernest Harris dies; devoted career to fruit fly research

Scientist Ernest J. Harris, an internationally acclaimed pioneer in the eradication of crop-destroying fruit flies, who received the Congressional Gold Medal and many other honors during a long, scientifically and societally engaged life, died on Tuesday.

Earl W. Hoffsis dies; worked to preserve legacy of WWII China-Burma-India Theater

Earl W. Hoffsis, 93, a design and product development engineer who was an Army Air Corps veteran intent on preserving the legacy of an often-overlooked theater of war, died Tuesday in his West Toledo, Ohio, home.

E-Z-GO golf cart co-founder Bev Dolan dies

B.F. “Bev” Dolan was stationed at Fort Jackson, S.C., when he and his brother Billy hatched the idea for a golf-car company.

Second-oldest Pearl Harbor survivor, Jim Downing, dies at 104

Downing, who served aboard the USS West Virginia, sprayed saltwater on ammunition stored on the deck to prevent further explosions during the 1941 attack. In the aftermath, he memorized the names of men killed and wrote to their families.

Bataan Death March survivor Julio Barela dies at 101

Julio Barela, one of the last Bataan Death March survivors, died early Monday in Truth or Consequences, N.M. due to complications from pneumonia. He was 101 years old.

Dale Beatty, who lost his legs but gained the gratitude of hundreds of vets, dies

Dale Beatty, a soldier from Statesville who lost both legs beneath the knees in Iraq and devoted his life to helping other vets, has died unexpectedly, his nonprofit organization said Monday.

Pearl Harbor survivor William Keith dies at 95

William Keith, 95, one of Massachusetts' last survivors of Pearl Harbor, died Tuesday morning at the VA Hospital in West Roxbury after a short illness.

Richard 'Kirk' Bowden, who protected civil rights figures as a US marshal, dies at 82

Richard K. "Kirk" Bowden was an Air Force veteran and a former District of Columbia police officer before he joined the U.S. Marshals Service in 1962.