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Quiet professional remembered: Bill Dean had lasting impact on ISIS fight

A memorial Monday at an Alaska National Guard armory will celebrate a Special Forces veteran whose role in the fight against the Islamic State group in Syria was relatively unknown before he died in a climbing accident last month.


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Broncos owner Pat Bowlen dies at 75 before Hall enshrinement

Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen, who transformed the team from also-rans into NFL champions and helped the league usher in billion-dollar television deals, died late Thursday, just under two months before his enshrinement in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He was 75.


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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.


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John Gunther Dean, US diplomat haunted by Cambodia, dies

John Gunther Dean, a veteran American diplomat and five-time ambassador forever haunted by his role in the evacuation of the U.S. Embassy in Cambodia during the dying days of the Khmer Republic, has died. He was 93.


Tim Conway, uninhibited crack-up artist on ‘The Carol Burnett Show,’ dies at 85

Army veteran Tim Conway, the impish second banana to Carol Burnett who won four Emmy Awards on her TV variety show, starred aboard “McHale’s Navy” and later voiced the role of Barnacle Boy for “Spongebob Squarepants,” died in Los Angeles after a long illness.


Former Delta Force commander dies in lawnmower accident at Alabama home

Retired Major Gen. Eldon Bargewell, 72, former commander of the elite Delta Force, died Monday after his lawnmower rolled over an embankment behind his house in Eufaula, Ala.


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.


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.”


Young love lost, an only son gone, after fatal training accident at Camp Pendleton

When Marine Corps 1st Lt. Conor McDowell died earlier this month in a training exercise at Camp Pendleton, he left behind family full of memories of the young man that had wanted to be a Marine since childhood.


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D-Day vet bonded with 9-year-old through the magic of music

As the big-band classic "All Or Nothing At All" piped into Sorrentino's headphones, he was no longer a 96-year-old battling dementia. He was 20, an Army combat engineer heading across the English Channel to invade France in June 1944.


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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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World War II veteran, POW William Connell dies at 95

William "Bill" Connell's first bombing mission in 1944 would also be his last. Shot down over an island in the Pacific Ocean, he would endure over a year in Japanese prison camps.


Henry Bloch, whose H&R Block became world’s largest tax-services provider, dies at 96

World War II vet Henry Bloch spent 20 years as the public face of his company, H&R Block, in TV commercials — they proved so effective that other businesses hired him to star in their commercials.


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.


Miller's Vets bid farewell to a judge who helped homeless veterans and the elderly

Among Judge Robert L. Miller Sr.'s contributions were founding Miller’s Vets, a program to help homeless veterans return to self-sufficiency, and establishing The Last Salute, a program in which Miller’s Vets perform a full military graveside service for veterans.