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Retired Bishop Francis X. Roque, former military chaplain, dies at 90

Retired Bishop Francis X. Roque, former auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese for Military Services who also served as a U.S. Army chaplain in Vietnam, Korea and Europe, died Thursday at age 90.


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.


Navy veteran remembered by family for 'obnoxious pranks,' 'cheap mischief' and colorful language

Joseph Heller Jr., who served as a Seabee, was memorialized in a loving, humorous obituary that has gone viral.


Don Waful, WWII veteran who was oldest living Syracuse alum, dies at 103

Don Waful, a World War II veteran and Syracuse University’s oldest alumnus died on Thursday at 103 years old, according to the school.


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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.


Maj. Nathan Kline, decorated World War II veteran, dies at 95

Nathan Kline, who survived scores of missions in a bomber during World War II, took part in some of that conflict’s biggest battles and came home to build a distinguished and happy civilian life, died Monday at age 95.


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Veteran Army nurse, who served during WWII, dies at 99

The veteran community in Elgin, Texas, last week mourned the death of former Army nurse Pauline Marzec-Bostic, who at 99 years old was among the oldest living Army nurses in the nation.


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Dutch woman who helped Jews during WWII dies in Michigan

Eman was born in the Netherlands and was part of an underground resistance following Nazi Germany's 1940 invasion of the northern European nation. She died Tuesday in Grand Rapids at age 99.


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Jim Leavelle, lawman at Lee Harvey Oswald's side, dies at 99

Jim Leavelle, a Pearl Harbor veteran and longtime Dallas lawman who was captured in one of history's most iconic photographs as he escorted President John F. Kennedy's assassin as he was fatally shot, has died. He was 99.


Marine colonel known for heartfelt Iraq War letters laid to rest

Retired Col. Mark A. Smith, who wrote dozens of letters praised for their compassion and eloquence to the families of his Marine Reserve battalion during a deployment early in the Iraq War, was remembered this week as a “Marine’s Marine.”


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Oil tycoon T. Boone Pickens dies at age 91

T. Boone Pickens, a brash and quotable oil tycoon who grew even wealthier through corporate takeover attempts, died Wednesday. He was 91.


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One of the last surviving Hmong war heroes has died

Youa True Joseph Vang, one of the last surviving Hmong heroes from the Vietnam War era and a prominent St. Paul leader, pastor and businessman, died Wednesday. He was 83.


200th FDNY member, a Vietnam veteran, dies of 9/11-related illness

Retired Firefighter Richard Driscoll, who died in New York Wednesday, became the 200th Fire Department member to die from inhaling the toxins swirling around the Twin Towers nearly 18 years ago, the FDNY said.


US contractor killed in Afghanistan remembered at Mass. funeral

Retired Army Special Forces Chief Warrant Officer 4 Christian McCoy who was killed in Afghanistan in June was remembered Tuesday during a funeral service that drew family, friends and former military comrades.


Man killed in Georgia fire with wife was Vietnam War special forces veteran

A man who died in a house fire with his wife on Saturday was a U.S. Army Special Forces veteran of the Vietnam War who attended a Medal of Honor ceremony at the White House in 2017.