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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.


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.


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World War II veteran who fought in Battle of the Bulge dies at 102

Carmen J. “Carl” Covino, of Hamburg, New York, a World War II veteran and retired steelworker, died Sept. 27 after a struggle with congestive heart failure. He was 102.


Funeral for NC Army recruit who died at Fort Jackson set for today

Pvt. Andrew Dante’ McLean, 18, was halfway through his 10-week basic training course when he collapsed during training, according to the Fort Jackson Public Affairs Office. The cause of death has not been released.


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.”


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Samuel G. DeSimone, 88, Korean War veteran, educator, and respected NJ jurist

Samuel G. DeSimone, 88, of Mickleton, Gloucester County, a Korean War veteran, educator, and respected jurist who served on the Superior Court of New Jersey for a quarter-century, died in his sleep Thursday, Oct. 10, at his home.


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Alexei Leonov, first human to walk in space, dies in Moscow

Alexei Leonov, the legendary Soviet cosmonaut who became the first human to walk in space 54 years ago — and who nearly didn't make it back into his space capsule — has died in Moscow at 85.