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Former 33rd Fighter Wing commander Jack R. Petry is remembered as a great fighter pilot

Retired Air Force Col. Jack R. Petry, who died at home in January at the age of 84, was remembered Saturday as a great fighter pilot and a caring friend with a wide variety of interests.


One of the last of the legends, Buffalo Soldier John B. Williams, dies at 98

John B. Williams, who may have been the last surviving World War II Buffalo Soldier in Ohio, died on Friday at the age of 98.


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Army veteran who witnessed 1941 Pearl Harbor attack dies in Texas at 102

Virgil Lee Ward, a private who handled a flurry of telephone communications on the morning of the Dec. 7, 1941, died at his home in Grand Prairie, local Texas media reported Monday.


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Retired Air Force Lt. Gen. Leroy Manor, known for leadership in Son Tay raid, dies at 100

Retired Air Force Lt. Gen. Leroy Manor, whose distinguished military career included commanding the 1970 training of a task force to liberate American prisoners of war far inside enemy lines in Vietnam, died Thursday at the age of 100.


Bruce Meyers dies; creator of the first fiberglass dune buggy was a World War II Navy veteran

Built in 1964, surfer and boatbuilder Bruce Meyers's Manx inspired thousands of imitators, turned the dune buggy into an emblem of 1960s California cool, and helped spur the development of off-road racing.


Gulf War veteran Dr. Dennis Plante dies of COVID-19 in Texas, where he treated patients with virus

Dr. Dennis M. Plante died Feb. 8, from COVID-19 at Providence Hospital in Waco, Texas. He was 63.


Lawrence Ferlinghetti, WWII Veteran, poet and titan of the Beat era, dies at 101

Lawrence Ferlinghetti, the San Francisco poet, publisher and bookseller who played a leading role in West Coast literary history, has died. During World War II, he commanded a subchaser, participated in the Allied invasion of France, and toured Nagasaki after the atomic blast that killed 70,000 of its residents.


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George P. Shultz, longtime secretary of state, Marine veteran of WWII, dies at 100

President Ronald Reagan's longtime secretary of state, George P. Shultz, who spent most of the 1980s trying to improve relations with the Soviet Union and forging a course for peace in the Middle East, has died.


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Army vet dies at 36 from cancer believed to have originated from burn pit exposure

Sgt. Ryan Mason was one of many veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan where he was exposed to burn pits set up to destroy waste produced by the military. Mason died on Jan. 28 from cancer that apparently originated overseas. He was 36.


K9s for Warriors founder Shari Duval dies at 75

Shari Duval, who built the Ponte Vedra-based K9s for Warriors veterans nonprofit into a national presence, has died after a battle with cancer. She was 75.


Hal Holbrook, actor best known for his award-winning portrayal of Mark Twain, dies at 95

Hal Holbrook, the actor best known for his amazingly accurate portrayal of Mark Twain in the renowned one-man show he performed on stages for more than five decades, has died. The World War II Army Corps of Engineers veteran was 95.


Walter Pasiak, Pennsylvania county's last Pearl Harbor attack survivor, dies at 98

As the last known survivor of Pearl Harbor residing in Lackawanna County, Walter Pasiak taught younger generations about service and sacrifice.


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WWII vet Patrick Solano, who served nine Pa. governors, dies at 95

Drafted into World War II with the U.S. Army Air Corps, Solano served as flight engineer on 23 combat missions over Germany in a B-17 bomber. After the war, Solano went on to work in state government, serving both Democratic and Republican governors.


WWII veteran Len Frank dies; helped save popular NJ trail

t is among New Jersey’s better-known trails, running 27 scenic miles through Sussex and Warren counties. Had it not been for the efforts of Len Frank, who died Jan. 17 at age 96, the Paulinskill Valley Trail might not exist.


Naval Academy community mourns Annapolis florist Teresa Williams

Teresa Williams, whose generosity, advocacy and charity made her a cherished part of the fabric of Annapolis, died suddenly on Monday after falling into a coma following complications from lung cancer. She was 57.