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Ex-Sen. Tom Coburn, conservative political maverick, dies

Former U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn, an Oklahoma family doctor who earned a reputation as a conservative political maverick as he railed against federal earmarks and subsidies for the rich, has died. He was 72.


Henry Rubner, a decorated World War II Naval aviator, dies at 98

Lt. Cmdr. Henry Rubner, 98, of Newtown Square, Pa.,a decorated World War II Naval aviator and later a manufacturer’s representative, died Saturday, March 7, of a heart attack.


First woman to command New Hampshire Air National Guard dies at 64

Retired Brig. Gen. Carolyn J. Protzmann joined the U.S. Air Force in 1978, the year after she finished a business degree from the University of New Hampshire.


Apollo 15 astronaut Al Worden, who circled moon, dies at 88

Apollo 15 astronaut Al Worden, who circled the moon alone in 1971 while his two crewmates test-drove the first lunar rover, has died at age 88, his family said Wednesday.


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Lyle Waggoner, foil on 'The Carol Burnett Show,' dies at 84

Lyle Waggoner, the tall, dark-haired and handsome comic foil on "The Carol Burnett Show" who also played a superhero's partner on "Wonder Woman," died Tuesday. He was 84.


Award-winning artist Norman C. Rosfeld Jr., a B-29 radio operator during WWII, dies

Unlike a lot of boys his age, the teenage Norman Rosfeld Jr. dreamed not of girls or cars — instead it was the prospect of joining the World War II effort that captured his imagination.


Don Schack, advocate for Washington state military veterans, dies at 81

Don Schack, who was never without his trademark cross worn on a long chain around his neck, was widely known in Walla Walla, Wash., statewide and nationally for his activism on behalf of military veterans.


Battle of the Bulge veteran William C. Schaffner dies

William R. Schaffner, a computer analyst and World War II veteran who fought at the Battle of the Bulge, died Tuesday from heart failure at age 95.


James Lipton, TV host of 'Inside the Actors Studio,' dies at 93

James Lipton, an Air Force veteran who interviewed hundreds of Hollywood celebrities as host of the U.S. cable-television show "Inside the Actors Studio" for two decades, has died. He was 93.


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One of the last remaining Pearl Harbor survivors dies

Emery Arsenault was working at a radar station at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, when Japanese airplanes bombed the U.S. Navy base in Hawaii, triggering the United States' entry into World War II. Arsenault died Thursday at Rosewood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Peabody, Mass. He was 98.


Bill Britten, Army vet and actor who played Bozo the Clown, dies

Actor Bill Britten, known for playing Bozo the Clown and Johnny Jellybean several decades ago, died earlier this month, according to an online obituary.


Retired Lt. Gen. Charles Pitman Sr., whose heroics helped stop 1973 New Orleans sniper attack, dies at 84

Retired Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Charles “Chuck” Pitman Sr., who risked his life and military career to help New Orleans police halt the Howard Johnson’s hotel sniper attack that claimed seven lives in 1973, died Feb. 13 following a lengthy battle with cancer.


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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.


WWII veteran who photographed atomic bomb blast over Hiroshima dies at 96

Veteran John McGlohon, who served as the photographer for a B-29 crew during WWII, couldn't prove he took the only known photo looking straight down on Hiroshima immediately following the detonation of the atomic bomb on Aug. 6, 1945 until an amateur historian was able to corroborate his story in 2010.


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.