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Celebrity Deaths in Military

  • John Jack Lyle, 98 (2019)

    John Jack Lyle

    John "Jack" Lyle (2019) was one of the legendary Tuskegee Airmen, the country's first African-American fighter group. He died in Chicago at the age of 98. For full obituary and coverage from Legacy.com, click here.

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  • Joachim Roenneberg, 99 (1919 - 2018)

    Joachim Roenneberg

    Joachim Roenneberg was a World War II hero who led a team of five Norwegian resistance fighters on a daring raid to blow up a Nazi heavy water plant in German occupied Norway. For full obituary and coverage from Legacy.com, click here.

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  • Harry L. Ettlinger, 92 (1996 - 2018)

    Harry  L.  Ettlinger

    Harry L. Ettlinger and his family escaped Nazi Germany in 1938 on one of the last visas granted by the German government. After graduation from high school in Newark, New Jersey, Harry joined the Army. He was sent to his homeland to fight in the Battle of the Bulge but was pulled out at the last minute to work as a translator since he spoke German. That led to Ettlinger being assigned to the ...

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  • Alene Duerk, 98 (2018)

    Alene Duerk

    Alene Duerk (1920 – 2018), was the first female rear admiral in the Navy. Beginning her career in the Navy Nurse Corps during World War II, she rose to the rank of rear admiral in 1972. As director of the Navy Nurse Corps, she expanded their areas of nursing into pediatrics, obstetrics, and gynecology. For full coverage and obituary from Legacy.com, click here.

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  • Samuel Tom Holiday, 94 (2018)

    Samuel Tom Holiday

    ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) — Samuel Tom Holiday, one of the last surviving Navajo Code Talkers, died in southern Utah Monday surrounded by family members who raised money through a crowdfunding campaign to be by his side. For full obituary from Legacy.com, click here.

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