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August 30, 2008 | Cynthia Dizikes, Times Staff Writer
When the Army honorably discharged Jason Hubbard of Clovis, Calif., last year after his two younger brothers died in the Iraq war, he lost his health insurance and other veterans benefits because he left before the end of his contract. Now, the 65-year-old statutory loophole that allowed that to happen is closed. President Bush on Friday signed into law the Hubbard Act, which secures the benefits of "sole survivor" veterans who are honorably discharged after the death of a parent or sibling also serving in the military.
July 1, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
Legislators narrowly elected a former opposition leader as prime minister of the Solomon Islands, and he pledged to end a year and a half of ethic violence that has killed as many as 60 people. Mannasseh Sogavare replaces ousted Prime Minister Bartholomew Ulufa'alu, who resigned 2 1/2 weeks ago after armed rebels from the island of Malaita held him at gunpoint and seized the capital, Honiara, on the main island of Guadalcanal.
May 22, 1993
TBS presents an extended installment of "National Geographic Explorer" this Sunday at 6 p.m. that follows Robert Ballard, discoverer of the sunken Titanic and the Bismarck, to the final resting place of "The Lost Fleet of Guadalcanal." Military historians and veterans help Ballard identify 14 of the 50 American, Australian and Japanese warships that were destroyed 50 years ago during the famous World War II battle in the southwestern Pacific.
February 25, 1988
Charles Banks, 73, a retired Marine Corps brigadier general who fought with Edson's Raiders at Guadalcanal in World War II and won the Navy Cross for heroism in the Korean War. Banks was awarded the Navy Cross for extreme bravery during the Marine breakout from the Chosin Reservoir in Korea. Banks, whose decorations also included the Silver Star, retired from the Marines in 1959 and entered business.
January 28, 1998
George Wendelken, 81, who played Freckles in the classic "Our Gang" comedy shorts of the 1920s. After his years as a child star ended, Wendelken became well-known during World War II. He was a Seabee, a member of the Navy Construction Corps, and was wounded during fighting on Guadalcanal. His experience won him appointment as the first Enlisted Man's Representative in Washington, D.C., for the Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard.
May 20, 1986 | United Press International
Cyclone Namu slammed into Guadalcanal and the rest of the Solomon Islands with winds up to 140 m.p.h., causing widespread destruction that left thousands of villagers homeless and as many as 50 missing, reports said today.
November 11, 1988 | Associated Press
President Reagan signed legislation Thursday granting a World War II veteran injured at Guadalcanal the disability benefits he was denied by the Navy because he lied about his age when he enlisted at age 12. Reagan said Calvin L. Graham "is a veteran of Navy and Marine Corps service who has honorably served his country." The act provides that dental injuries Graham suffered at the Battle of Guadalcanal will be considered a permanent service-connected disability incurred in the line of duty.
August 3, 1986 | Ronald Spector, Spector, professor of history at the University of Alabama, is the author of "Eagle Against the Sun: The American War With Japan." and
Last April, the Japanese held a special national celebration of the 60th anniversary of the reign of Emperor Hirohito. A figure out of the history books, he is, at age 85 not only the world's longest reigning monarch but the most long-lived of all his 124 predecessors in an imperial line that Japanese tradition holds stretches back more than 26 centuries.
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