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August 5, 2000
Leon Grabowsky, 82, a decorated U.S. Navy officer who was youngest captain of a destroyer in World War II. Grabowsky was born in Paris to Polish immigrants who came to the United States when he was 3. He enlisted in the Navy after high school in New Jersey. He graduated from the Naval Academy at Annapolis in 1941 and was posted as an ensign aboard the ill-fated battleship Arizona.
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April 20, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Kenneth J. Houghton, 85, who served 35 years in the U.S. Marine Corps and retired in 1977 as major general in command of the San Diego Marine Corps Recruit Depot, died of natural causes March 27 in La Jolla. Houghton enlisted in the Marines in 1942, fighting at Tarawa, the Marshall Islands and Saipan during World War II, and then in Korea and Vietnam. He rose to commander of the 1st and 3rd Marine Divisions and the 1st and 3rd Marine amphibious forces in Vietnam.
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September 6, 2006 | Jocelyn Y. Stewart, Times Staff Writer
Guy Gabaldon, who received the Navy's highest honor for capturing more than 1,000 Japanese civilians and soldiers on the island of Saipan during World War II, died Thursday at his home in Old Town, Fla. He was 80. The cause was a heart attack, documentary filmmaker Steve Rubin said. Gabaldon's wartime experience was the basis for the 1960 Hollywood movie "Hell to Eternity," a memoir, and most recently, Rubin's documentary, "East L.A. Marine: The Untold True Story of Guy Gabaldon."
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June 10, 2002 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Vice Adm. Bernard M. Strean, 91, a Navy combat pilot during World War II who helped establish the Naval Air Museum, died June 1 of pneumonia at a hospital in Arlington, Va. A native of Big Cabin, Okla., Strean graduated from Annapolis in 1929, where he was a member of the crew and football teams. During World War II, Strean led a fighter squadron on the aircraft carrier Yorktown and was involved in several engagements in the Pacific.
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March 22, 1991 | LILY ENG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
U.S. Navy Capt. Marshall U. Beebe, a war hero who served as a technical adviser on the popular film "The Bridges of Toko-Ri" died here at age 77 Monday after a long illness. The World War II fighter pilot's medals included the Navy Cross, the Legion of Merit and the Distinguished Flying Cross. Beebe received a Purple Heart in 1943 after he was injured when the USS Liscomb Bay was sunk by enemy fire.
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December 23, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
William Farrell, 81, a Marine Corps fighter pilot who served in World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War, died Dec. 12 at Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo of complications from a fall. Farrell was born in New Jersey, but his parents moved to Los Angeles the next year when he developed double pneumonia and doctors recommended a warm, dry climate. He entered military flight school at age 20 and, on graduation two years later, he was stationed at Okinawa, Japan.
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August 29, 1999 | From Associated Press
Vice Adm. Stanhope Cotton Ring's version of the Battle of Midway was discovered by his daughter, Susan Keith, tucked away in a sea chest that Ring shared with his wife, Eleanor. Keith, from a venerable San Diego Navy family, said she came across the document about six months ago as she went through old records of her mother, who died four years ago. "I knew it was his letter," she said in a telephone interview from San Diego. "I recognized his gorgeous handwriting."
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June 16, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Slade D. Cutter, 93, a highly decorated submarine captain during World War II and an athletic icon at the U.S. Naval Academy before the war, died Thursday at his home in Annapolis, Md. Born in Chicago, Cutter was raised on a farm in Illinois. He became a fixture in the academy's athletic lore when he kicked a field goal in heavy rain to give Navy a 3-0 victory over Army in their annual battle in 1934. The win marked the first time the Midshipmen had bested the Cadets in 13 years.
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June 22, 2001
A sample of America's diversity lies entombed in the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor. On my first visit to Hawaii I went to see the memorial. As I sat alone quietly contemplating so many young lives lost, a woman came up, put her hand on my shoulder and asked if I had lost anyone here. I thanked her but told her as an African American, I was glad the Navy was segregated and that our boys were not free to work and die here. Then I remembered, we always worked in the kitchens, messes, laundries.
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