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Jan 4, 2016, 9:31am

Former British Lt. Commander David Balme led the boarding party that captured an Enigma Machine from a German U-Boat during the Battle of Convoy OB138 in May 1941. He has died at the age of 95. on January 3. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/12078997/Lieutenant-Commander-David-B...

Fev 8, 2016, 8:48am

Former Indiana Governor Edgar D. Whitcomb, along with another POW, escaped from Corregidor by swimming two miles to Bataan, where they were recaptured. He wrote about his wartime experiences in Escape From Corregidor. He also wrote On Celestial Wings. Gov. Whitcomb died on February 4 at the age of 98. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/06/us/edgar-d-whitcomb-a-former-indiana-governor-...

Fev 12, 2016, 12:36pm

Allen Huddleston was the last of the Bedford Boys. He died February 10 at the age of 97. http://www.newsadvance.com/news/local/last-remaining-bedford-boy-allen-huddlesto...

Fev 23, 2016, 1:13pm

WWII combat pilot and Royal Navy test pilot Eric Melrose Brown " Winkle", DFC, OBE, died February 21 at the age of 97. He holds the record for the most types of aircraft flown. His books include Wings of the Luftwaffe. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/23/world/europe/eric-winkle-brown-pilot-dies.html...

Fev 29, 2016, 2:33pm

The last survivor of Treblinka, Samuel Willenberg died February 19 at the age of 93. In 1939, he enlisted in the Polish Army, was captured and sent to Treblinka. He participated in a prisoner revolt and was one of the few who made his escape despite having been shot in the leg. He made it to Warsaw where he joined the Resistance and participated in the Warsaw Uprising. He was awarded the Polish Virtuti Miltari and the Commander's Cross of the Order of Merit by Lech Walesa. He wrote Surviving Treblinka and Revolt in Treblinka. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/12178158/Samuel-Willenberg-holocaust-...

Editado: Mar 3, 2016, 3:58pm

Delmer Berg was the last surviving member of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade, the American volunteers who fought in the Spanish Civil War. He died February 28 at the age of 100. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/03/us/delmer-berg-last-survivor-of-abraham-lincol...

Mar 28, 2016, 10:23am

Former Chief Wren WRNS Margaret Rodgers died January 19 at the age of 95. As a wireless operator she fed raw data to Bletchley Park to decode. Her operations with the Y-Station were so secret that she kept a sledge hammer by her desk to smash her equipment with in case of enemy attack. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/12203448/Margaret-Rodgers-wireless-op...

Abr 15, 2016, 8:45am

Medal of Honor recepient Hector A. Cafferata Jr. Died April 12 at the age of 86. He was a U. S. Marine Private when he single-handedly held off an enemy regiment protecting his comrades until he was felled by a sniper's bullet during the Korean War. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/15/us/hector-a-cafferata-a-medal-of-honor-recipie...

Maio 11, 2016, 11:59am

Maio 18, 2016, 9:22am

SAS (Special Air Service) soldier and counter-terrorism expert Barry Davies, BEM died April 18 at the age of 71. He is best known for his participation in a 1977 raid against hijackers of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine who had taken a Lufthansa flight filled with passengers to Somalia. Mr. Davies wrote more than 35 books including Collins Gem SAS Self-Defence, Terrorism: Inside a World Phenomenon, The Spycraft Manual and The SAS Escape, Evasion and Survival manual. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/obituaries/2016/05/17/barry-davies-sas-soldier---obit...

Maio 20, 2016, 9:12am

Michael MccGwire OBE, served as a British midshipman during WWII and gave up a promising naval career to become an expert on Cold War geopolitics. His books include Military Objectives in Soviet Foreign Policy and Perestroika and Soviet National Security. Mr. MccGwire died March 3 at the age of 91. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/obituaries/2016/05/19/commander-michael-mccgwire--obi...

Jun 21, 2016, 1:23pm

Rene Rossey was one of the last surviving members of the French Kieffer Commando group who stormed Sword Beach on Normandy during the D-Day invasion. He was made an Officer of the Legion d'Honneur for his efforts. Monsieur Rossey died May 10 at the age of 89. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/obituaries/2016/06/21/ren-rossey-french-commando--obi...

Editado: Jun 22, 2016, 11:29am

Filipina Cpl. Magdalena Estoista Leones became the only Asian female to be awarded The Silver Star for gallantry against the enemies of the United States in World War II. She served as an intelligence operative in Luzon in 1944. Cpl. Leones died June 16 at the age of 95. http://globalnation.inquirer.net/140317/only-asian-female-wwii-us-silver-star-re...

Jun 23, 2016, 8:20am

One of the last two Doolittle Raiders has died. David Thatcher died on June 24 at the age of 94. In 1942 he was a 20 year old tail gunner/engineer on a bomber called the Ruptured Duck when he took part in the famous raid over Tokyo. His pilot was Lt. Ted Lawson who lost a leg, but went on to write Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo. http://missoulian.com/news/local/missoula-s-doolittle-raider-dead-at/article_020...

Jun 28, 2016, 2:28pm

We are rapidly running out of these guys.

The last New Zealand born Battle of Britain fighter pilot, Squadron Leader Keith Lawrence, died June 2 at the age of 96. He also fought in the Battle of Malta. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/obituaries/2016/06/28/squadron-leader-keith-lawrence-...

Editado: Jul 11, 2016, 10:25am

Believed to be the last Australian fighter Ace, Bob Cowper died June 21 at the age of 93. His autobiography was called Chasing Shadows - A Wartime biography of Australian Air Ace Squadron Leader Bob Cowper DFC and Bar Legion of Honor. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/obituaries/2016/07/10/squadron-leader-bob-cowper-aust...

Editado: Jul 18, 2016, 2:48pm

French Resistance fighter Charles Gonard died June 12 at the age of 94. When he was 18 he answered de Gaulle's radio appeal from London and joined the resistance. He assasinated a Vichy radio propagandist called "le Goebbels Francais", led raids against collaborators and became one of the Nazi's most wanted men. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/obituaries/2016/07/12/charles-gonard-french-resistanc...

Jul 17, 2016, 3:23pm

A sad farewell to Hunter McDonald, Jr. of Nashville, TN. who passed away just short of 93 years of age. He will be remembered fondly by many, including myself and others who met him in the place he loved best, the French River of Northern Ontario. His service record speaks for itself, but he was also a devoted family man with a generous and adventurous spirit.

From the obituary: "As a proud member of the Greatest Generation, he served his country during World War II, having enlisted in 1943 at the age of nineteen. He served with the 517th Parachute Regimental Combat Team in the European theater of operation. His campaigns included: Rome-Arno, the airborne invasion of southern France, the Rhineland, the Battle of the Bulge and Central Europe. His 517th Regiment earned and was awarded the Presidential Citation for serving above and beyond the line of duty. Later he was assigned to the 505th regiment of the 82nd Airborne Division which was among the first American occupation troops in Berlin. He was awarded the purple heart medal, bronze star medal and five silver stars for each campaign as well as a combat infantryman's badge."

For more background on the the units and campaigns mentioned above you might start with the documentary film The 517th PRCT: A Cut Above.

Jul 20, 2016, 1:26pm

Royal Navy Commander Ian Inskip managed to save his ship the Glamorgan after it was attacked by an Exocet missile during the Falklands Crisis. He died June 24 at the age of 72 His memoir was called Ordeal by Exocet. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/obituaries/2016/07/20/commander-ian-inskip-attacked-b...

Editado: Jul 24, 2016, 4:01pm

The man with no-one to mourn him (BBC)

Stewart Cooney, a 95-year-old WWII veteran, formerly Royal Artillery, fought in Egypt, Sicily, and the Battle of Monte Cassino, died June 2016.

Editado: Jul 25, 2016, 10:00am

Tom Renouf, MBE, was awarded the Military Medal for his actions during the Battle of the Rhine Crossing while serving with the 5th Battalion The Black Watch. He later made a career as a distinguished scientist. He died on June 26 at the age of 91. His wartime memoir was called Black Watch: Liberating Europe and Catching Himmler - My Extraordinary WW2 with the Highland Division. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/obituaries/2016/07/24/tom-renouf-soldier-and-distingu...

Jul 29, 2016, 7:56am

Glad to read that people stepped up to the occasion.

Ago 15, 2016, 7:24pm

WWII D-Day Pathfinder Maynard Beamesderfer has died at the age of 92. His story was featured in the book First to Jump. http://www.tggf.org/newsfeeds-tggf/2016/8/15/famous-normandy-world-war-ii-pathfi...

Ago 29, 2016, 12:36pm

Jeremiah O'Keefe died August 23 at the age of 93. He became an ace during his first aerial battle when he downed five Kamikaze pilots on April 22, 1945 over Okinawa. He was awarded the Navy Cross and DFC. His famed dogfight was chronicled in the television series called Dogfight. His later career included going into politics in Mississippi. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeremiah_Joseph_O%27Keefe

Out 6, 2016, 2:19pm

Not a soldier, but a breath of fresh air to many. Phyllis Creore Westermann has died at the age of 100. During WWII she was known as Phyllis Jeanne, Your Canteen Girl and broadcast a show to stateside servicemen and by shortwave to those serving overseas. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/06/arts/music/phyllis-creore-canteen-girl-on-wart...

Out 25, 2016, 7:17pm

Famed WWII and later test and air show pilot Bob Hoover died October 25, at the age of 94. Jimmy Doolittle referred to him as the greatest stick and rudder man who ever lived. His Spitfire was shot down during WWII and he was sent to a German POW camp where he managed to steal a Focke-Wulf FW 190 and flew to the Netherlands. He later served as a chase pilot for Chuck Yeager. His memoir was called Forever Flying. His Shrike Commander is on display and the National Air & Space Museum's annex. http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/aviation-world-remembers-greatest-stick-rudd...

Editado: Out 30, 2016, 9:31am

Japan's Prince Mikasa died October 27 at the age of 100. He was brother to the late Emperor Hirohito and uncle to the current Emperor. He served in the Japanese Army during WWII under a pseudonym and was shocked by the treatment of Chinese prisoners of war. He became a pacifist and opposed his country's rearmament after the war. He became a professor of history. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/28/world/asia/prince-mikasa-dies-japan.html?rref=...

Nov 17, 2016, 2:17am

Molly Rose, ATA pilot, died aged 95.

Don't know how to copy links on my smartphone, but the obit is in today's Grauniad.

Nov 27, 2016, 12:25am

Fidel Castro, old soldier, revolutionary and much more.

Dez 12, 2016, 2:27pm

A not so old soldier, decorated Iraq veteran and advocate for veterans with disabilities and PTSD, Luis Carlos Montalvan died December 9 at the age of 46. He toured the country with his dog named Tuesday on behalf of disabled veterans. His books include Until Tuesday: A Wounded Warrior and the Golden Retriever Who Saved Him, Tuesday Tucks Me In: The Loyal Bond between a Soldier and his Service Dog and Tuesday Takes me There: The Healing Journey of a Veteran and His Service Dog. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/07/us/luis-carlos-montalvan-advocate-for-soldiers...

Dez 13, 2016, 2:53am

Scottish pilot who helped sink the Bismarck dies (BBC)

A Scottish veteran pilot who helped to sink the Bismarck during World War Two has died at the age of 97.

Lt Cdr John "Jock" Moffat was credited with launching the torpedo that crippled the German warship in 1941.

Dez 13, 2016, 10:15am

John Glenn, WWII and Korean War vet, along w career as astronaut and politician. All around bad ass, in my book.

Maio 1, 2017, 1:45pm

Although Florence Finch died December 8 at the age of 101. News of her death wasn't widely known until the U.S. Coast Guard announced last week that she would be buried with full military honors. She was initially a stenographer with U.S. Army Intelligence in Manila. She assisted Philippine Resistance and American POWs with smuggling supplies and information until she was captured. Following her liberation in February 1945 from a POW camp, she joined the Coast Guard Women's Reserve (SPARS), partially in response to her husband's death at the hands of the Japanese. She received the Medal of Freedom in 1947 and became the first woman to receive the Asiatic pacific Campaign Ribbon. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/28/us/florence-finch-dead-coast-guard-war-hero.h...