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Obituaries

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.


Adm. Diego Hernandez, a Vietnam hero tapped by the president for his expertise, dies at 83

Vice Adm. Diego Hernandez, a decorated Navy officer who led 147 combat missions in Vietnam and commanded the U.S. Third Fleet in the late '80s, died Friday at 83 of complications from Parkinson's disease at his home in Miami Lakes, Florida.


Trailblazing World War II pilot Dawn Seymour dies at 100

Dawn Seymour, one of a select group of women pilots during World War II whose service earned her accolades including a place in the National Women's Hall of Fame, died peacefully Tuesday at her home in New York.


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Harris M. Ginyard, one of the famed Montford Point Marines, dies at 93

Ginyard was among the first black Marines who were presented with the Congressional Gold Medal in 2012. The group jumped at the chance to enlist after President Franklin Roosevelt signed an executive order in 1941 requiring the military to recruit African Americans.


Indiana Navy veteran held in 1985 hijacking dies at 61

Clinton Suggs, a former U.S. Navy diver who made news in 1985 after he was held captive and abused by terrorists who hijacked an airline flight, died earlier this month. He was 61.


Hickam-based lab identifies 5 missing war dead

A 19-year-old who died in the Korean War and an 18-year-old who perished on the USS Oklahoma on Dec. 7, 1941, are among five identifications announced Friday by the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency for return to family.


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World War II hero, Medal of Honor recipient Arthur Jackson dies at age 92

Arthur J. Jackson, who singlehandedly destroyed a dozen enemy pillboxes and killed 50 Japanese soldiers during a fierce battle on the Pacific island of Peleliu, died Wednesday at the Boise VA Medical Center.


Samuel V. Wilson, Army lieutenant general and spymaster, dies at 93

Samuel V. Wilson, a retired Army lieutenant general who led the Defense Intelligence Agency in the mid-1970s, encouraging intelligence officers to be more "Sherlock Holmes" than "James Bond," died June 10 at his home in Rice, Va. He was 93.


Retired US Army Lt. Gen. Sam Wilson dead at 93

Retired Lt. Gen. Samuel Wilson, who had a long military and intelligence career and was president of Hampden-Sydney College from 1992 to 2000, has died, the college has confirmed. He was 93.


Thomas J. Kinsman, Vietnam veteran and Medal of Honor recipient, dies at 72

Thomas J. Kinsman, an Army veteran who received the Medal of Honor for his actions during the Vietnam War, passed away May 15, 2017, in Washington state at the age of 72.