Farewell to Old Soldiers - 2021

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Farewell to Old Soldiers - 2021

Jan 3, 11:41pm

Sir Brian Urquhart, who helped establish the United Nations, dies aged 101 (Guardian)

Urquhart joined the army following the outbreak of the second world war, rising to the rank of major and participated in planning the airborne aspect of Operation Overlord...

Jan 8, 11:15pm

John Mears “Jack” Shytle, 91, of Boones Neck Community near Holden Beach, passed away Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021. Jack was born and raised in Wilmington... He joined the U.S. Navy and proudly served aboard the USS Pursuit AGS 17.
(Port City Daily)

Caught my eye only because it mentions Sudan - "Jack was a Mason and Shriner for many years and served as... the drum major for his beloved Sudan Drum and Bugle Corps for over 30 years." I've often wondered how small town US organisations like the Shriners appropriated the name of Sudan, and haven't been able to find out on Google.

Editado: Jan 9, 1:05am

According to a story in the Guardian, Brian Sicknick, the police officer who was murdered by the mob which attacked the US Capitol on 6th January, was a military veteran. I believe one of the mob who was shot and killed, a woman named Ashli Babbitt, was also a military veteran.

Jan 9, 11:39pm

Theodore Lumpkin Jr, Tuskegee Airman, dies from coronavirus (Guardian)

Theodore Lumpkin Jr, one of the famed Tuskegee Airmen of the second world war, has died from complications of the coronavirus, days before his 101st birthday. The Tuskegee Airmen were the first black pilots in the segregated US military and among the most respected fighter pilots of the second world war.

Woman believed to be last remaining widow of US civil war soldier dies (Guardian)

Helen Viola Jackson was just 17 when she married James Bolin, a 93-year-old veteran, in Missouri in 1936...

Jan 11, 12:18am

RAF 'Spitfire woman' Eleanor Wadsworth dies aged 103 (Guardian)

A trailblazing pilot who was one of the last surviving women to have taken on the task of transporting aircraft to the frontlines of the second world war has died at the age of 103. Nottingham-born Eleanor Wadsworth, who served as one of the RAF’s “Spitfire women” during the conflict, died in December in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk after a short illness. She was one of about 165 women who flew without instruments, flying instructions or radios. Operating out of White Waltham in Berkshire, the Air Transport Auxiliary (ATA) programme trained female pilots to fly numerous types of aircraft and played a crucial part in ensuring the RAF was able to fight.

Wadsworth joined the ATA in 1943... her favourite machine was the Spitfire, which she flew more than 130 times and described as a beautiful aircraft that was great to handle... “like many of the women pilots, she was incredibly humble about her contribution to the war effort”...

About 165 female and 1,153 male pilots flew planes from factories to the frontlines during the war. It was incredibly dangerous work, with the pilot’s only map strapped with elastic to their calf. Fifteen women died in action...

Jan 24, 12:02am

Walter Bernstein: blacklisted Hollywood screenwriter dies at 101 (Guardian)

A second world war correspondent for the military.

Editado: Fev 2, 12:09pm

Captain Sir Tom Moore dies at 100 after testing positive for Covid (Guardian)

Captain Sir Tom Moore, the second world war veteran who raised almost £39m for NHS charities during the first coronavirus lockdown in spring 2020, has died aged 100 after testing positive for coronavirus... Moore’s fundraising efforts during the first national lockdown in April last year raised £38.9m for NHS charities after his pledge to walk 100 laps of his garden before his 100th birthday captured the imagination of fans from around the world...

joined the army. In 1940, he was selected for officer training and rose to the rank of captain, later being posted to the ninth battalion of the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment in India. He served and fought in the Arakan in western Burma, since renamed Rakhine State, and went with his regiment to Sumatra after the Japanese surrender. After the war, he returned to the UK and worked as an instructor at the Armoured Fighting Vehicle School in Bovington, Dorset...

Fev 7, 11:36pm

George Shultz, Ronald Reagan’s longtime secretary of state, dies at 100 (Guardian)

From 1942 to 1945, Shultz was on active duty in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was an artillery officer, attaining the rank of captain. He was detached to the U.S. Army 81st Infantry Division during the Battle of Angaur (Battle of Peleliu)

Fev 10, 11:21pm

Larry Flynt, publisher of Hustler magazine, dies aged 78 (Guardian)

he ran away from home and, despite being only 15 years old, joined the United States Army using a counterfeit birth certificate... honorably discharged... he enlisted in the United States Navy in July 1960. He became a radar operator on USS Enterprise. He was the operator on duty when the ship was assigned to recover John Glenn's space capsule... He was honorably discharged in July 1964...

Mar 13, 2:38pm

Murray Walker, the voice of Formula One, dies aged 97 (Guardian)

he was conscripted into the British army, aged 18. He soon graduated from Sandhurst’s Royal Military College and went on to command a Sherman tank in the Battle of the Reichswald in the second world war. He reached the rank of captain but left the army in the years following the war...

Editado: Mar 20, 12:13am

Zeev Aram obituary (BBC)

national service in the {then} new Israeli navy

Mar 29, 12:04am

Monty Meth obituary (Guardian)

Monty Meth, who has died aged 95, was both a reporter on the Daily Worker newspaper and, later, the industrial editor of the Daily Mail... second world war service in the Navy...

Mar 30, 11:34pm

G Gordon Liddy, mastermind of Watergate burglary, dies aged 90 (Guardian)

Liddy joined the United States Army, serving for two years as an artillery officer during the Korean War. (Wikipedia)

Editado: Abr 13, 8:53am

Prince Philip has died aged 99, Buckingham Palace announces (BBC)

After leaving Gordonstoun in early 1939, Philip completed a term as a cadet at the Royal Naval College, Dartmouth, then repatriated to Greece, living with his mother in Athens for a month in mid-1939. At the behest of the Greek king, George II (his first-cousin), he returned to Britain in September to resume training for the Royal Navy. He graduated from Dartmouth the next year as the best cadet in his course. During the Second World War, he continued to serve in the British forces, while two of his brothers-in-law, Prince Christoph of Hesse and Berthold, Margrave of Baden, fought on the opposing German side. Philip was appointed as a midshipman in January 1940. He spent four months on the battleship HMS Ramillies, protecting convoys of the Australian Expeditionary Force in the Indian Ocean, followed by shorter postings on HMS Kent, on HMS Shropshire, and in Ceylon. After the invasion of Greece by Italy in October 1940, he was transferred from the Indian Ocean to the battleship HMS Valiant in the Mediterranean Fleet.

On 1 February 1941, Philip was commissioned as a sub-lieutenant after a series of courses at Portsmouth, in which he gained the top grade in four out of five sections of the qualifying examination. Among other engagements, he was involved in the battle of Crete, and was mentioned in dispatches for his service during the battle of Cape Matapan, in which he controlled the battleship's searchlights. He was also awarded the Greek War Cross. In June 1942, he was appointed to the V and W-class destroyer and flotilla leader HMS Wallace, which was involved in convoy escort tasks on the east coast of Britain, as well as the Allied invasion of Sicily.

Promotion to lieutenant followed on 16 July 1942. In October of the same year, he became first lieutenant of HMS Wallace, at 21 years old one of the youngest first lieutenants in the Royal Navy. During the invasion of Sicily, in July 1943, as second in command of Wallace, he saved his ship from a night bomber attack. He devised a plan to launch a raft with smoke floats that successfully distracted the bombers, allowing the ship to slip away unnoticed. In 1944, he moved on to the new destroyer, HMS Whelp, where he saw service with the British Pacific Fleet in the 27th Destroyer Flotilla. He was present in Tokyo Bay when the instrument of Japanese surrender was signed. Philip returned to the United Kingdom on the Whelp in January 1946, and was posted as an instructor at HMS Royal Arthur, the Petty Officers' School in Corsham, Wiltshire...

After his honeymoon at the Mountbatten family home, Broadlands, Philip returned to the navy at first in a desk job at the Admiralty, and later on a staff course at the Naval Staff College, Greenwich. From 1949, he was stationed in Malta (residing at Villa Guardamangia) after being posted as the first lieutenant of the destroyer HMS Chequers, the lead ship of the 1st Destroyer Flotilla in the Mediterranean Fleet. On 16 July 1950, he was promoted to lieutenant commander and given command of the frigate HMS Magpie. On 30 June 1952, Philip was promoted to commander, though his active naval career had ended in July 1951...

Edited to add: Prince Philip: The Royal Navy years (BBC video)

Edited again to add: Prince Philip: The War Years - Duke Of Edinburgh On Serving In WW2 • FULL 1995 INTERVIEW (YouTube video)

Editado: Abr 11, 11:17pm

Ramsey Clark, attorney general who represented Saddam Hussein, dies at 93 (Guardian)

At the age of 17 joined the United States Marine Corps, seeing action in Western Europe in the final months of World War II; he served until 1946. (Wikipedia)

Abr 18, 7:23pm

Abr 20, 12:11am

Walter Mondale, former US vice-president and celebrated liberal, dies aged 93 (Guardian)

Mondale enlisted in the United States Army in 1951. He served at Fort Knox during the Korean War, attained the rank of corporal and was discharged in 1953 (Wikipedia).

Ontem, 12:21am

Chad's President Idriss Déby dies after clashes with rebels (BBC)

Chad's President Idriss Déby has died of his injuries following clashes with rebels in the north of the country at the weekend, the army has said... An army officer by training, he came to power in 1990 through an armed uprising... He had gone to the front line, several hundred kilometres north of the capital, N'Djamena, at the weekend to visit troops battling rebels...

Idriss Déby was known as that rare thing - a true warrior president. The former rebel and trained pilot was the opposite of an armchair general...