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Navajo Code Talker Teddy Draper Sr. dies in Arizona at 96

Navajo Nation officials say Teddy Draper Sr. died Thursday at age 96 in the small city of Prescott. He was part of the 5th Marine Division, fought in the Battle of Iwo Jima and received a Purple Heart as well as a Congressional Silver Medal.


John Anderson, fiery third-party candidate in 1980 presidential race, dies at 95

John B. Anderson, an Illinois Republican who cultivated a free-thinking reputation during his 20 years in the U.S. House of Representatives, and who mounted a serious third-party bid for the White House in 1980, died Dec. 3 in Washington. He was 95.


Melvin Stone, media fixture and witness to Nuremberg trials, dies at 96

Son Chuck Stone said his father did not talk much about the Nuremberg trials but was proud of his service to help rebuild Germany.


World War II veteran Harold Tor dies; helped free 2,000 prisoners in raid

Harold Tor lost part of his left arm in the Philippines in World War II, but never lost his spirit or his zest for life.


Rev. Robert Fuehrer, former Navy chaplain, was known for compassionate touch

The Rev. Robert Fuehrer's down-to-earth approach served him well, whether he sought to inspire members of his flock at the First Presbyterian Church of Jeannette or to comfort fellow military servicemembers.


John H. Cushman, Army general who brought new flexibility to military planning, dies at 96

John H. Cushman, a retired Army lieutenant general who received multiple battlefield commendations for heroism during the Vietnam War and who later sought to bring a more flexible intellectual approach to military planning, died Nov. 8 at a military retirement facility in Washington. He was 96.


Edward Lunda, Tuskegee Airman from Akron, dies at 94

The war ended before Edward Lunda could be sent into battle, but the fact that he was ready to go was historically significant. Lunda was a Tuskegee Airman, among hundreds of African-American men who graduated from flight training school at the Tuskegee, Ala., air base during World War II.


Richard Cavazos, Army's first Hispanic four-star general, dies at 88

Richard Edward Cavazos also was the first Hispanic to attain the rank of brigadier general. He died Sunday at the age of 88.


Robert Blakeley, whose fallout shelter sign was a grim reminder of nuclear war, dies at 95

Robert Blakeley, a Marine Corps veteran of two wars whose yellow-and-black fallout shelter sign became a grim symbol of the Cold War, died Oct. 25 at a senior-living community in Jacksonville, Florida. He was 95.


Robert Mowry was shaped by war, devoted to family

Robert Mowry was one of the last survivors of the USS Turner explosion in New York Harbor on Jan. 3, 1944 — a disaster that sent 136 men to their deaths and that has never been explained. The sailors are still listed as missing.


Dr. John E. Salem dies; served 3 tours on Vietnam's front lines

Three tours in Vietnam earned Dr. John E. Salem numerous military honors, but they also took their toll.


Former Army sergeant, who earned Bronze Star during WWII, dies

Driving deep into German-controlled territory in Austria, Army Sgt. Joseph Anzenberger's unit encountered desperate German soldiers in the waning days of World War II. For gallantry in action, he was awarded the Bronze Star.


One of the last Pearl Harbor survivors from Kansas dies at age 95

Earl Michael “Mike” Schaeffer Jr., a survivor of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and a pilot in the first wave of planes in the Battle of Midway during World War II, died Saturday at age 95.


David Bey dies; former All-Army boxer once fought Larry Holmes for world title

David Bey was a heavyweight boxer from Philadelphia who lost his shot at the world title in a bout against Larry Holmes in 1985 in Las Vegas. Last week, Bey, 60, was fatally injured in a construction site accident in Camden.


Albert Zuidema, B-17 pilot who survived being shot down during WWII, dies at 98

Albert S. Zuidema, a World War II bomber pilot who survived the shooting down of his aircraft and the amputation of his left leg while in German custody, died July 3 in a hospital in a Falls Church, Virginia.