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June 24, 1988 | BURT A. FOLKART, Times Staff Writer
When I was in the military they gave me a medal for killing two men and a discharge for loving one. --Inscription on tombstone that will mark the grave of Leonard Matlovich. Leonard Matlovich, a decorated war hero in Vietnam who later fought a battle in the courtrooms of America for his right to remain in the military as a homosexual, died Wednesday night of AIDS at the home of a friend in Hollywood.
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June 29, 1992 | CHARLES HILLINGER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
It has been 13 1/2 years since San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk was gunned down, along with Mayor George Moscone, in San Francisco City Hall. But Milk's remains have yet to find a final resting place, and for the last six years the ashes of the first avowed homosexual elected to office in California have sat in an urn in a corner of a vault in the office of the Congressional Cemetery here.
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June 29, 1992 | CHARLES HILLINGER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
It has been 13 1/2 years since San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk was gunned down, along with Mayor George Moscone, in San Francisco City Hall. But Milk's remains have yet to find a final resting place, and for the last six years the ashes of the first avowed homosexual elected to office in California have sat in an urn in a corner of a vault in the office of the Congressional Cemetery here.
NEWS
August 16, 1987
Gay rights advocate Leonard Matlovich said he was turned away from the Northwest Airlines ticket counter at San Francisco International Airport because he has AIDS. Matlovich, who gained national attention by taking the Air Force to court after it discharged him for being homosexual, said he was wearing a T-shirt that said, "I'm a human with AIDS" when he came to the airport counter to check out reports that the airline would not accept people with AIDS or AIDS-related complex as passengers.
NEWS
February 10, 1992
E. Carrington Boggan, 48, an attorney who represented gay clients in several key cases and helped found the Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, a national gay rights organization. Boggan won reinstatement for Leonard Matlovich, the former Air Force sergeant discharged because he was a homosexual. The Air Force settled the case in 1980 with a $160,000 payment and an honorable discharge. Boggan also represented Vernon E. Berg, a Navy veteran, in a similar case with comparable results.
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June 23, 1988 | Associated Press
War hero Leonard Matlovich, who battled the Air Force after he was discharged for declaring his homosexuality in 1975 and then fought for gay rights, died of AIDS Wednesday night at the home of a friend in Hollywood. He was 44. Matlovich moved to Hollywood in April from San Francisco. The former technical sergeant at Langley Air Force Base, Va., was diagnosed with AIDS in 1986.
NEWS
February 3, 1999 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Vernon E. Berg III, whose lawsuit against the military is credited with ending its practice of giving homosexuals less than honorable discharges, has died in New York at the age of 47. Berg, who died Jan. 27 from complications of AIDS, was one of the first officers to fight the military after he was discharged because of his homosexuality. An Annapolis graduate, Berg held the rank of ensign when he was discharged in June 1976.
NEWS
February 10, 1987 | CARL INGRAM, Times Staff Writer
The Senate Rules Committee reversed itself Monday and agreed to allow the full Senate to vote on the confirmation of state Motor Vehicles Director Adelbert A. Pierce, who drew opposition for once allegedly suggesting that gays be shot with a machine gun.
NEWS
June 24, 1988 | BURT A. FOLKART, Times Staff Writer
When I was in the military they gave me a medal for killing two men and a discharge for loving one. --Inscription on tombstone that will mark the grave of Leonard Matlovich. Leonard Matlovich, a decorated war hero in Vietnam who later fought a battle in the courtrooms of America for his right to remain in the military as a homosexual, died Wednesday night of AIDS at the home of a friend in Hollywood.
NEWS
September 21, 1987
A gay rights law firm in San Francisco said Northwest Airlines has changed its policy about restricting AIDS patients who seek to board its jetliners. On Aug. 13, the airline refused to sell a ticket to Leonard Matlovich, 44, of San Francisco unless he could present a physician's statement saying he was "non-infectious" and would not inconvenience other passengers.
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March 29, 2010 | By Boris Dittrich
Gen. John Sheehan, the former NATO commander, told a Senate committee this month that part of the blame for one of the last half-century's most famous atrocities -- the massacre at Srebrenica during the Bosnian war -- rested on gays in the Dutch military. Homosexuals in the Dutch military had depleted the forces' morale, he argued to the senators, and made them "ill-equipped to go to war." And that was in part why they failed to prevent Bosnian Serbs from massacring more than 8,000 civilians in the former haven of Srebrenica in July 1995.
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