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Militant Cuban exile Luis Posada Carriles has died

Former CIA operative and militant Cuban exile Luis Posada Carriles, who was accused of organizing a string of 1997 Havana hotel bombings and a 1976 Cuban airline bombing that killed 73 people, has died. He was 90.


Dovey Johnson Roundtree, lawyer who broke civil rights barriers in the courtroom and the military, dies at 104

Dovey Johnson Roundtree, a courtroom warrior for civil rights who challenged segregationist practices when she was in the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps, died May 21.


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WWII Navy veteran had 'a zest for life'

Growing up during the Great Depression and the youngest of 10 children, Harold "Scotty" McGraw learned one lesson quick: Never be late for dinner. McGraw served on board the USS Palawan in the South Pacific. His son laughed that his father never wanted to take a cruise after serving in the Navy.


Illinois sailor mourned as 'just the best person'

After he left for a hike, Jeremiah Adams, a Navy sailor stationed in Washington state, was reported missing. His body was found Saturday after nearly a week-long search at the bottom of an embankment in the vast Olympic National Forest.


Harry McCracken dies; rescued brother from POW camp in WWII

Harry McCracken lived a life of service, whether it was as an Army medic in World War II or as a volunteer firefighter back home.


Hickam Field attack survivor Andrew Kowalski dies at 103

Every year on the anniversary — including this past December — retired Air Force Col. Andrew Kowalski dutifully returned to the air base, one of the sites devastated in the Japanese attack that catapulted America into World War II.


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Lifelong soldier and litigant in Louisiana desegregation case dies

Cornelius Dunn fought in World War II, Korea and Vietnam. He served in many roles — infantryman, mine prober, machine gunner and patrol leader — while in countries throughout Europe and Asia. He was 94.


Daniel Akaka, former Hawaii senator with 'spirit of aloha,' dies at 93

Daniel Akaka, a liberal Democrat from Hawaii who served in both houses of Congress and quietly devoted himself to looking after the interests of his home islands during more than 35 years on Capitol Hill, died April 6 in Honolulu. He was 93.


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Brought to 'depths of hell' in 1966 battle, Vietnam vet now 'free,' family says

Army veteran Robert Locklayer was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia after serving in Vietnam. "He served his country ... and was one of the walking wounded," his brother Hillman said. "He really never left Vietnam, but now he's free.


World War II soldier who became a spy pre-CIA dies at 102

A World War II soldier who became a spy in Europe for the forerunner of the Central Intelligence Agency has died. He was 102.


Jacques 'Jack' Berlin, research scientist known as 'the bug doc,' dies at 81

In 1960, Dr. Jacques Berlin entered the U.S. Navy as an ensign in public health and was assigned to the Jacksonville Naval Air Station. He was involved in planning early mosquito control efforts in Florida and performed health inspections on naval vessels in the southeastern United States and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.


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Afghanistan War veteran known for heartbreaking 2010 TV interview dies at 30

Army veteran Louis Loftus served two tours in Afghanistan and was strongly affected by his experiences there. He was featured on national television several times talking about his service. His struggle with PTSD was also documented.


Frank Gaylord, who sculpted Korean War Veterans Memorial, dies at 93

A Vermont sculptor who designed the statutes of soldiers for the Korean War Veterans Memorial in Washington has died. Frank Gaylord was 93.


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.