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WWII veteran, leader in Black higher education Samuel L. Myers Sr. dies at 101

Samuel L. Myers Sr., a Harvard-educated economist and leader in Black higher education who presided over momentous change at Bowie State College starting in the late 1960s, died Jan. 8 at age 101.


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Hank Aaron, baseball's one-time home run king, dies at 86

Hank Aaron, who endured racist threats with stoic dignity during his pursuit of Babe Ruth's home run record and gracefully left his mark as one of baseball's greatest all-around players, died Friday. He was 86.


Beloved NC museum guard, WWII vet Paul Phillips dies at 93

Retirement didn't stop Paul Phillips from signing onto the security of the Cameron Art Museum's new building in 2002, after a long career in security and a sterling record of service in World War II.


Dorothy 'Dot' Cole, oldest living Marine, dies at age 107

Dorothy "Dot" Cole was 28 years old when she boarded a bus for the 150-mile trip to Pittsburgh, where she hoped to volunteer for the Navy. She was turned away for being too short — so she joined the Marines instead.


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Death of Merrill’s Marauder veteran leaves only seven survivors of the famed WWII unit

James E. Richardson, one of only eight living veterans of the famed Merrill’s Marauders from World War II, died Sunday in Knoxville, Tenn., at the age of 99.


WWII veteran Jack W. Snyder dies; enlisted at 16, was a Navy corpsman in multiple invasions

Jack W. Snyder, who participated as a corpsman in multiple invasions in Europe, Africa, and the Pacific until 1946 and then served in the Air Force from 1957 to 1963, has died at age 94.


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Clayton Pitre, WWII veteran, Marine trailblazer, Congressional Gold Medal recipient, dies at 96

Clayton Pitre was one of the first Black men to join the U.S. Marines and trained at the segregated Camp Montford Point in North Carolina. He fought in the Battle of Okinawa. In 2012, he was among over 400 Montford Point Marine veterans who received the Congressional Gold Medal.


Bernard Spain dies; Army veteran and retail entrepreneur held the copyright for the smiley face

Bernard Spain, 86, a successful retailer who founded a popular card shop, held the copyright for the iconic smiley face, and launched the Dollar Express chain that grew to more than 100 stores, died Wednesday of congestive heart failure at his home in Philadelphia.


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Chuck Yeager, test pilot who broke sound barrier, dies at 97

Charles E. "Chuck" Yeager was regarded as not only one of the great American folk heroes of the 1940s and 1950s, but also one of the greatest aviators of his generation.


Member of famed Tuskegee Airmen dies at 100 from coronavirus

Theodore "Ted" Lumpkin Jr., a member of the Tuskegee Airmen whose service as a member of the all- Black unit during World War II helped desegregate the U.S. military, has died at age 100.


Neil Sheehan, reporter who obtained Pentagon Papers and chronicled 'Bright Shining Lie' of Vietnam, dies at 84

Neil Sheehan, a tireless chronicler of the Vietnam War who obtained the Pentagon Papers for the New York Times and later received the Pulitzer Prize for his book "A Bright Shining Lie," a meticulously researched indictment of America's role in that conflict, died Jan. 7 at his home in Washington. He was 84.


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Robert Pollack, Navy veteran, Temple professor, and celebrated scientist, dies at 94

Dr. Robert L. Pollack, 94, of Philadelphia, a scientist, author, Navy veteran, and the former chair of the Department of Biochemistry at Temple University's School of Dentistry, died Tuesday, Dec. 1, of COVID-19 at Cathedral Village.


Former Marine Corps League chaplain dies when kit plane crashes on its first flight

A retired U.S. Marine who had served as a chaplain in the Marine Corps League died Saturday after the kit plane he was flying crashed in a business parking lot in Texas.


Korean War veteran Allen Dulles Jr. is remembered as 'a true American'

Marine Corps veteran Allen Macy Dulles Jr., son of a legendary CIA director and nephew of a secretary of state, died Tuesday after contracting COVID-19. He was 90.


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Legend lost: Pennsylvania Pearl Harbor survivor dies at 102

Army Staff Sgt. Joseph Michael Gasper, who was one of the first people injured in the Japanese bombardment on Pearl Harbor and one of the few survivors left from that fateful day, died Dec. 20 at his Ellwood City home at the age of 102.