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Posted 29 April 2014 - 2106 PM
RIP, Bill. You were a decorated American hero, a devoted family man, and a highly respected man in the community.
Posted 03 May 2014 - 1250 PM
Walter R. Walsh, who captured gangsters as an FBI agent in the 1930s and went on to train Marine Corps snipers and become the longest-lived Olympian, has died.
Walsh died Tuesday at his home in Arlington, Virginia, his son Gerald Walsh confirmed Friday. Walsh, who would have turned 107 on Sunday, had suffered a minor heart attack a few weeks ago and his health deteriorated, Gerald Walsh said.
Walsh began his FBI career in 1934 and was soon chasing gangsters across the United States. On one day in 1935, he helped capture gangster Arthur "Doc" Barker in Chicago and fatally shot a second gangster, Russell "Rusty" Gibson.
Two years later, Walsh was in Bangor, Maine, on the trail of the Brady Gang. Tipped off that the gang planned to return to a sporting goods store to stock up on weapons, the FBI set up a stakeout. Walsh's role was to pose as a salesman, and when gang member James Dalhover came inside, Walsh arrested him. He then confronted and fatally shot a second gang member, Clarence Lee Shaffer Jr., but not before being hit in the chest and hand. Also killed in the shootout was Alfred Brady, the FBI's "Public Enemy number 1."
Walsh recovered from his injuries and over his FBI career killed between 11 and 17 gangsters, his son Gerald Walsh said he was told.
Posted 27 October 2014 - 0230 AM
Almost missed this:
Retired Command Sgt. Maj. Robert “Bob” Gallagher — who parachuted into Panama during Operation Just Cause, served as a platoon sergeant with Task Force Ranger in the Mogadishu, Somalia, battle made famous by “Black Hawk Down,” and fought on despite being wounded as Task Force 3rd Battalion, 15th Infantry, made its way to Baghdad in 2003 — was 52 years old.
His death was a result of a heart condition for which he was receiving treatment, his son, Patrick Gallagher, said in a Wednesday interview. Third Infantry Division, the parent unit of the task force in which Gallagher served during Operation Iraqi Freedom, announced his death in a Facebook post.
Posted 13 November 2014 - 2209 PM
RIP Charlie. A decorated World War II combat infantryman, family man, highly successful businessman and generous philanthropist.
Charlie Nirenberg, 90, passed away Tuesday, November 11th, surrounded by his family. He was a successful businessman, devoted husband to the love of his life, Jan, for 65 years. He was a loving father, grandfather, and great grandfather. Charlie was raised in Millis, MA, the son of the late Louis and Sarah Nirenberg. He served in WWII in the European Theatre, earning a Bronze Star. Charlie started Dairy Mart Convenience Stores in 1957 with one small store and grew it to over 1,200 stores. He was a devoted member of Temple Beth El since 1954, and was deeply committed to his Jewish faith. He founded the Sandi Kupperman Learning Center at Temple Beth El, and served on many Boards including the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Charlie was passionate in his philanthropic work. He was predeceased by his daughter, Sandi Kupperman in 1998. Charlie is survived by his wife of 65 years, Jan (Shamitz) Nirenberg, his daughter Pam Nirenberg, his son and daughter-in-law Larry Nirenberg and Cathy Ziehl, his son-in-law Mitch Kupperman, his five grandchildren Josh, Jill, James, Maddie, and Katie, and his three great grandchildren. The funeral service will be Friday, Nov. 14th, at 1 p.m. at Temple Beth El with burial in Beth El Cemetery. Visitation will be at the Nirenberg residence in Suffield, CT, on Sat. evening from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. as well as Sun. and Mon. from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. and 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. with shiva services at 7:00 PM. Donations can be made to Temple Beth El, 979 Dickinson Street, Springfield, MA 01108, to the Sandi Kupperman Learning Center, 979 Dickinson Street, Springfield, MA 01108, or to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, 450 Brookline Avenue, Boston, MA 02215.
Posted 06 February 2015 - 1715 PM
Legendary test pilot Fitz Fulton departs the pattern. My brief encounter with him left a big impression on me.
Posted 16 February 2015 - 0301 AM
After Hitler's blitzkrieg stormed through Belgium in 18 days in 1940, many Belgians took refuge in the United Kingdom. It was there at age 15 that de Borchgrave lied about his age so he could join the British Royal Navy.
De Borchgrave was assigned to serve on British corvettes patrolling the North Atlantic, the small, hastily built warships thrown into service to stave off the German U-Boats terrorizing shipping during the Battle of the Atlantic. He would later credit his naval service with teaching him how to function on only four hours sleep a night — a capacity that would serve him well on some of his daunting journalistic assignments.
Just a few years later, he would find himself aboard a landing craft bobbing toward the shore under heavy fire during the amphibious assault on Juno Beach, one of the five beaches in the Normandy landing on June 6, 1944.
De Borchgrave's experience on D-Day was chaotic, parlous, and brief. As the landing craft approached the shore the vessel's ramp jammed. In a bid to fix it, de Borchgrave leaped off the vessel. When he turned back to free the ramp, he was wounded in the knee and immobilized.
Those are his bona fides.
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Posted 08 December 2016 - 2211 PM
(July 18, 1921 – December 8, 2016)
The MiG Mad Marine passes
I remember (when I was just five years old) following this man's orbit of the earth, with wonder.
Godspeed, John Glenn.
Posted 20 July 2017 - 1248 PM
It's been 25 years that they have been gone, but they are not forgotten.
Posted 02 August 2017 - 0153 AM
That was presumably one of the Dev versions that Clinton pulled the plug on?
A Battle of Britain pilot who once told off the Duke of Cambridge for "flying choppers" has died at the age of 99.
The Battle of Britain Memorial Trust said it was with great sadness that it announced the death of Flying Officer Kenneth Astill Wilkinson AE.
Mr Wilkinson, of Solihull, West Midlands, was "a true gentleman", the statement added.
As Richard Burton once said, thats the thing about the Few. They keep getting Fewer.
Posted 30 October 2017 - 2208 PM
One of my buddies from training at Ft. Huachcua was killed in a vehicle accident in Korea. I just got the news this evening. Don't have any specifics beyond that yet.
Captain Patrick Wilson, USA.
edited to add a link to the obit: http://www.dpaa.mil/...one-of-its-own/
Edited by CT96, 07 November 2017 - 2134 PM.