Calvin Shepherd, member of pioneering Montford Point Marines, dies at 96
The Montford Point Marines were the first African Americans in the U.S. Marine Corps. They were trained at Montford Point, N.C., a camp segregated from the rest of the Corps. They were continually disrespected and discriminated against throughout their training and deployment.
Joseph Galloway, chronicler and champion of soldiers in Vietnam, dies at 79
Joseph Galloway, whose reporting took him from the jungles of Vietnam to the halls of the Kremlin and the deserts of Iraq, was 79 when he died Aug. 18 at a hospital in Concord, N.C.
WWII veteran captured in Philippines worked in Japanese shipyard
William "Bill" Overmier died in his sleep early on Aug. 2, in the North Valley home he built in 1950. He was 101.
Retired Navy Capt. ‘Robbie’ Roberts, one of the oldest surviving veterans of WWII, dies at age 107
Retired Navy Capt. Richard “Robbie” Roberts, stationed in the Philippines when Pearl Harbor was attacked in December 1941, earned 15 medals over a 24-year military career during which he saw action in World War II and then Korean War. Roberts died Friday. He was 107.
Stu Hedley, Pearl Harbor veteran who carried torch of remembrance, dies at 99
Short in stature but long on stamina, the San Diegan was a fixture at annual public events honoring military veterans and a frequent speaker at local schools and in front of service organizations.
Tributes pour in for Navy flying legend Dale ‘Snort’ Snodgrass after fatal crash at Idaho airport
Considered one of the greatest fighter pilots of all time, Capt. Dale “Snort” Snodgrass’ military career began in the early 1970s and ran for 26 years. He accumulated more than 4,800 hours in the F-14 in both war and peace, more than any other pilot.
Montgomery Meigs, former commander of US Army Europe, dies at 76
Retired Gen. Montgomery Meigs was a combat veteran who commanded the Army in Europe for four years and hailed from a storied line of military officers.
Obituary: Henry Parham, last of a Black unit that fought on D-Day, dies at 99
A veteran of the 320th Anti-Aircraft Barrage Balloon Battalion, the only all-Black unit to land on the beaches of Normandy on D-Day, June 6, 1944, Henry Parham died Sunday of bladder cancer. He was 99.
World War II pilot to get his medals 77 years after last run
Joyce Johnson piloted the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, a four-engine heavy bomber that became a symbol of American air power during the war. Johnson served in active duty as part of the mighty Eighth Air Force from June 1944 to July 1946, and in the reserves afterward, attaining the rank of captain.
‘Coach Bill,’ a longtime educator and coach for DODEA-Pacific schools, dies at 73
William Mierzejewski, who spent 28 years as a teacher, coach and administrator for Defense Department schools in the Pacific, died on June 24 at age 73.