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Joseph Wapner, folksy 'People's Court' judge and WWII combat veteran, dies at 97

Joseph A. Wapner, a retired California judge whose flinty-folksy style of resolving disputes on the show "The People's Court" helped spawn an entire genre of courtroom-based reality television with no-nonsense jurists and often clueless litigants, died Feb. 26 at his home in Los Angeles. He was 97.


WWII Navy officer who helped rescue JFK dies at age 97

William F. “Bud” Liebenow, who captained the PT boat that rescued John F. Kennedy after a Japanese destroyer sank the future president’s PT-109, died Friday, Feb. 24, at his home in Mount Airy. He was 97.


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Retired Lt. Gen. Hal Moore remembered as great warrior, leader

“You won’t read or hear of a more beloved and dedicated officer and soldier than Lt. Gen. Moore,” said Gen. Robert Abrams, commander of U.S. Army Forces Command. “He was a combat infantryman known for his courage, bravery and deep love for soldiers.


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Retired Lt. Gen. Hal Moore, Ia Drang battle commander, dies at 94

Retired Lt. Gen. Hal Moore, the commander at the Battle of Ia Drang in 1965 that led him to co-author the book, “We Were Soldiers Once, and Young,” died Friday at his home in Auburn, Ala. He was 94.


WWII paratrooper didn't let injury stop him from enjoying life

For Robert O. Allen, who grew up on a farm in rural Pennsylvania during the Great Depression, joining the Army during World War II and volunteering to be a paratrooper to make extra money was a deal he could not pass it up. It was a choice, however, that changed his life.


Donald Tracey, Navy vet of Korean War and Boston-area engineer, dies at 84

Donald “Don” Tracey of Weymouth died on Friday of complications from a stroke after a long, hard-fought battle. He was 84.


Capt. John S. 'Jack' Slaughter, Naval Academy graduate in 1937, dies

Capt. John S. "Jack" Slaughter, a retired career naval officer who at his death was the last surviving member of the Naval Academy Class of 1937, died Feb.1 in Baltimore of complications from a fall. He was 103.


Pat Beard, former state rep and Vietnam vet exposed to Agent Orange, has died

Pat Beard, a former state representative from Cottage Grove, died Tuesday of complications related to exposure to Agent Orange, a chemical defoliant used in the Vietnam War.


Leonard Perroots, military intelligence director under Reagan, dies at 83

Leonard H. Perroots, an Air Force lieutenant general who directed the Defense Intelligence Agency from 1985 to 1988 and helped oversee efforts to locate Vietnam War servicemen who were still missing in action a decade after the conflict ended, died Jan. 29.


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Air Force vet Martha Williamson Frye known as trailblazer

Martha E. Williamson Frye of Latrobe died of cancer Sunday. She was 81. She spent the Korean War as a communication specialist with the Air Force until her marriage. But she never gave up the military lifestyle.


Funeral planned for WWII veteran, hero to Holocaust survivor

Elesio Lopez, a World War II and Korean War veteran, helped free Jewish people interned in the Dachau concentration camp in 1945.


Pearl Harbor Navy salvage diver dies at 103

Ken Hartle, a World War II Navy diver who had the grim task of retrieving bodies from ships sunk by the Japanese at Pearl Harbor, has died. He was 103.


Charlie Liteky, who received and later relinquished Medal of Honor, dies at 85

Charlie Liteky, an Army chaplain in Vietnam who was awarded the Medal of Honor for rescuing more than 20 wounded men but later gave it back in protest and became a peace activist, has died.


Veteran fighter pilot Stillman Vaughan “Bud” Taylor, Jr. lived with 'true grit'

Maj. Stillman Vaughan “Bud” Taylor, Jr., a Texas Longhorns fan, master of crossword puzzles, golfer and proud Red River Rat, a member of the Red River Valley Fighter Pilots Association, died Jan. 8 from respiratory complications. He was 86.


Col. Charles R. Johnson, active veteran in NY Capital Region, dies

Retired Army Col. Charles R. Johnson, an active supporter of veterans and other causes and husband of the former head of Emma Willard School, Trudy Hall, died Thursday.