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Obituaries

'Good Morning, Vietnam' DJ and Air Force veteran Adrian Cronauer dies at 79

Adrian Cronauer, the Air Force veteran loosely portrayed by Robin Williams in "Good Morning, Vietnam," died from an age-related illness. He had lived in Troutville, Virginia, and died at a local nursing home.


WWII paratrooper Harold Eatman, veteran of four combat jumps, dies at 102

Fewer than 3,000 paratroopers made four combat jumps with the 82nd Airborne Division in World War II. Following the death of retired 1st Sgt. Harold Eatman, fewer than 16 of those paratroopers are alive today.


WAC veteran, blogger Helen Miller dies at 96

In her 90s, Helen Miller became a blogger with thousands of followers interested in her stories about a full life, including time in the Women's Army Corps, and active aging.


WWII veteran who set the record straight regarding his lost Navy buddy dies at 96

Nearly 40 years after Eddie Thrasher's death during the Battle of Leyte Gulf, friend and shipmate David A. Lewis met up with some of Thrasher's friends and learned they had been told a lie about how Thrasher had died. "I felt that after all these long years, Eddie's soul could finally rest in peace knowing that his friends finally knew he had died a hero's death."


Jane Rhoades Anslinger dies; former Rockette entertained troops during World War II

During World War II, Jane Rhoades Anslinger danced with the famous Radio City Rockettes in USO shows at the European front.


WWII corpsman, Korean War battlefield surgeon Harvey Phelps dies

Dr. Harvey Phelps was unmistakable in his big bow tie, whether he was defending Pueblo’s interests on the floor of the Colorado Senate, remembering his days as an Army battlefield surgeon in Korea, or explaining the latest developments in black lung research, a field he knew well.


A month before he died, Navy vet met his daughter

In the weeks before Izzy Cordova's death at age 76, a DNA test revealed he had a daughter from a 1964 tryst while stationed in Japan during the Vietnam War.


Activist, educator, Vietnam veteran Juan José Peña dies at 72

In addition to being an activist, Juan José Peña was an educator, an author, a community volunteer, and a translator and linguistics expert who spoke multiple languages, including English, Spanish, German, Portuguese, French and Vietnamese.


Leonard Gallagher dies; fought in several key WWII battles

Leonard Joseph Gallagher, a World War II veteran and talented carpenter, died at his Toledo home on June 21. He was 93.


Samuel Tom Holiday, one of the last Navajo Code Talkers, dies at 94

Samuel Tom Holiday died in southern Utah Monday surrounded by family members who raised money through a crowdfunding campaign to be by his side.


Decorated Vietnam vet who rose to senior officer in Coast Guard Auxiliary, dies

Robert J. Birrane Jr., a decorated Vietnam veteran who rose to become a senior Coast Guard Auxiliary officer, died May 30. “Bob emerged from his experience in Vietnam with a Bronze Star for heroism in combat," said Art Pine, a former reporter.


Saturday burial services set for seaman killed at Pearl Harbor 77 years ago

Funeral services will be held Saturday for a Pennsylvania sailor who was killed 77 years ago during the bombing of Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941.


World War II veterans recall D-Day at national memorial

To this day, D-Day remains the largest amphibious invasion in history, with more than 160,000 troops landing in France. The Allies sustained at least 9,000 casualties that day on the way to opening up a Western front in the war against Germany.


Astronaut, moonwalker Alan Bean dies at 86

Alan Bean was the lunar module pilot on Apollo 12, which made the second moon landing in 1969.


Dovey Johnson Roundtree, lawyer who broke civil rights barriers in the courtroom and the military, dies at 104

Dovey Johnson Roundtree, a courtroom warrior for civil rights who challenged segregationist practices when she was in the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps, died May 21.