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Throughout his long public career, Bob Dole championed veterans’ issues and was a driving force behind construction of the World War II Memorial, where he spent his final years greeting fellow veterans. Dole died Sunday at age 98.


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Dennis Moore, Army veteran who represented Kansas in Congress for 12 years, dies at 75
Former Kansas Rep. Dennis Moore’s wife Stephene said some of Moore’s proudest legislative accomplishments included passing a law requiring the federal government to pay for the return flights home of active-duty members of the military, as well as increasing the death benefit for the families of fallen members of the military from $12,000 to $100,000.
Duane Dewey, Medal of Honor recipient with ‘a body of steel,’ dies at 89
Duane Dewey, who received the Medal of Honor for smothering a grenade with his body to save fellow Marines during the Korean War, and whose recovery from grievous injuries led President Dwight D. Eisenhower to quip, “You must have a body of steel,” died Oct. 11 at a nursing home in St. Augustine, Fla. He was 89.
Pennsylvania WWII veteran, French Legion of Honor recipient dies at 99
Paul P. Petrarca, 99, died Wednesday surrounded by his family. He served with the Army Air Corps after graduating from Vandergrift High School in 1941. In 2020, he received the French Legion of Honor. The medal is the highest honor that can be conferred on a French citizen or a foreigner who has performed eminent military or civil service for France.
Bill Emerson, banjoist who founded Navy’s country-bluegrass ensemble, dies at 83
In 1973, Bill Emerson was recruited by the Navy to organize the Country Current. With a lineup that included drums and electric instruments such as pedal steel guitar, it was the first military band devoted to country and bluegrass music. Emerson's hitch lasted 20 years, and he retired with the rank of master chief petty officer.

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