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Adm. Sylvester R. Foley Jr., ex-Pacific Fleet commander, to be buried at Naval Academy

Admiral Sylvester “Bob” Foley Jr., a member of the U.S. Naval Academy Class of 1950 who rose to become a four-star admiral and commander of the Pacific Fleet, died on New Year’s Eve.


Buck Henry, 'Graduate' screenwriter who co-created 'Get Smart,' dies at 89

Buck Henry, a comedian who created the satirical spy sitcom "Get Smart," was a frequent early host of "Saturday Night Live" and turned "plastics" into a countercultural catchword with his screenplay for "The Graduate," died Jan. 8 in Los Angeles at age 89.


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Charlie Baker, who helped guard flag planted at Iwo Jima, dies at 93

Charlie Baker, one of the men who helped guard the flag the Marines planted on Iwo Jima, the South Pacific island in the legendary 1945 battle, has died, according to family.


Pearl Harbor veteran who spent decades keeping the memories of the fallen alive dies at 100

Over the years, Joe Walsh never missed a single Pearl Harbor Memorial Day service, including the one held earlier this month, just two weeks to the day before he died.


Gen. P.X. Kelley, 28th Marine Corps commandant, dies at 91

In Vietnam Gen. Paul X. Kelley earned a Silver Star, the Legion of Merit with Valor device, and two Bronze Stars with Valor device. From 1970 to 1971, he commanded the 1st Marines.


Air Force veteran who was run over, killed while walking dog was known as an active volunteer

Kerrie Hauser, 49, was known as a tireless contributor to her community as a volunteer with the International Owl Center in Houston, Minn., and other causes.


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Don Imus, pioneering talk-radio host and shock jock, dies at 79

Don Imus, one of radio's most popular and polarizing figures, who sparked a national firestorm with a racially charged joke about the Rutgers University's women's basketball team, has died. He was 79.


‘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.


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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.


Hundreds attend services for Korean War veteran George Green

Hundreds of people from all walks of life gathered to honor the life of George Green, a Korean War veteran who died Dec. 5 with no known living relatives.


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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Charlotte native who led Grenada invasion and troops in Vietnam dies at 84

Retired Army Lt. Gen. Jack Brodie Farris Jr., who led ground forces in the U.S. invasion of Grenada in 1983, died in his native Charlotte on Dec. 14 after a long illness. He was 84.


Emmy-winning newsman, Pearl Harbor veteran George Larsen dies at 101

As a combat veteran and a retired, award-winning TV news and sports camera operator, George Larsen told good stories. An old one recounted how he first thought it was an earthquake that rattled him awake in Hawaii on the morning of Dec. 7, 1941.


Robert C. Billmaier dies; WWII payroll sergeant volunteered to be ball turret gunner

Robert C. Billmaier, a World War II Army Air Corps sergeant, business owner, and Catholic deacon known for his humor and support for veterans, died Wednesday. He was 95.


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'Black Hawk Down' veteran James McMahon dies at age 64

Delta Force sniper Sgt. 1st Class James P. McMahon, one of the survivors of the October 1993 battle in Mogadishu, Somalia that claimed the lives of 18 U.S. service members, died Nov. 5. He was 64.