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Obituaries

Medal of Honor recipient Ronald Shurer laid to rest at Arlington

Former Staff Sgt. Ronald Shurer earned the nation's highest military honor in 2018. He died after a lengthy battle with lung cancer on May 14 at the age of 41.


Michigan State, Patriots great Tom Yewcic dies at 88

Tom Yewcic, an Army veteran, played quarterback and punted for the then-Boston Patriots, and was a catcher for the Detroit Tigers during his brief major league career.


Retired Maj. Gen. James Blaney, former Wisconsin National Guard leader, dies at 82

A former leader of the Wisconsin National Guard, retired Maj. Gen. James Blaney, died Sunday, the Guard said. He was 82.


23rd Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Carlisle Trost is remembered for integrity, love of family

Adm. Carlisle Trost, who served as Chief of Naval Operations from 1986 to 1990, died Sept. 29 at the age of 90 of complications from a fall.


Army veteran Austin 'Babe' Monsanto leaves a legacy of community service

Austin "Babe" Monsanto, an Army veteran who President Dwight Eisenhower named as the first Virgin Islander to be a National Park ranger, died Saturday at the age of 94.



Edward C. Meyer, general who revamped post-Vietnam ‘hollow Army,’ dies at 91

Edward C. Meyer, a four-star general who, as the Army chief of staff from 1979 to 1983, led an effort to restructure what he called a “hollow Army” in the aftermath of the Vietnam War, died Oct. 13 at his home in Arlington, Va. He was 91.


Patrick Tadina, Vietnam War's longest continuously serving Ranger, dies at 77

A 30-year Army veteran who was the longest continuously serving Ranger in Vietnam and one of the war’s most decorated enlisted soldiers has died.


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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.


Roberta McCain, ‘rebellious’ heiress, Navy wife and mother of senator, dies at 108

Roberta McCain, an independent-minded oil heiress who was married to one of the Navy’s highest-ranking officers and who displayed characteristic pluck when she took to the presidential campaign trail at age 96 on behalf of her son, Sen. John McCain of Arizona, has died. She was 108.


Recent Marine battalion commander, 43, dies of heart attack after short illness

Lt. Col. Geoff Hollopeter, the former commander of 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, died April 3 in San Diego after going into cardiac arrest, the 1st Marine Division announced Tuesday in a statement.


Randall Edwards dies; spent three years as a POW in Manchuria during WWII

When Randall Edwards entered a Japanese prisoner camp in Manchuria during World War II, he expected his life to end soon. But he survived, and lived to age 103.


A grandson of President John Tyler, who took office in 1841, has died at 95

A World War II veteran and grandson of 10th U.S. president John Tyler, who left office 175 years ago, died at age 95 last month, a historical anomaly of a family whose three generations span three centuries.


With death of 98-year-old muleskinner, only nine Merrill’s Marauders remain

Sgt. Henry C. Smith was awarded a Silver Star for his efforts in leading an intelligence and reconnaissance patrol through the jungles of Burma in April 1944. He died Aug. 5 at the age of 98.


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Ruth Kluger, author of searing and celebrated Holocaust memoir, dies at 88

Ruth Kluger, whose unsparing account, published in English as "Still Alive," of her coming-of-age during the Holocaust, has died. She was 88.