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, 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.
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.
Raymond T. Odierno, a retired Army general who commanded American and coalition forces in Iraq at the height of the war and capped a 39-year career by serving as the Army's chief of staff, has died, his family said Saturday. He was 67.
Retired Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Dan Altieri died in his sleep Monday night of what his friends say was an apparent heart attack at his home in Kure Beach, N.C. He had retired there after 30 years of active-duty and reserve Marines service, ending his career as the regimental sergeant major for the 25th Regiment.
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.