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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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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 21, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO -- The secretary of defense announced Friday that he would not reconsider the Medal of Honor nomination of a Marine from San Diego who was killed in Iraq. Secretary Chuck Hagel agreed with his two predecessors that the nomination of Sgt. Rafael Peralta does not meet the "proof beyond a reasonable doubt" standard required for the nation's highest award for combat bravery. Peralta, an immigrant from Mexico who enlisted the day he received his green card, was killed in November 2004 while Marines were clearing houses in Fallouja of barricaded insurgents.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 1, 2006 | Tony Perry, Times Staff Writer
It has become one of the iconic pictures of the war in Iraq: blood-soaked Marine 1st Sgt. Brad Kasal, grim-faced and still clutching his service pistol, being helped from a firefight by two younger Marines. Although wounded by seven AK-47 rounds and hit by more than 40 pieces of hot shrapnel from a grenade, Kasal refused to quit fighting and is credited with saving the lives of several Marines during the U.S. assault on insurgent strongholds in Fallouja in November 2004.
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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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September 15, 2011 | By David S. Cloud and Alexa Vaughn, Washington Bureau
The desperate call crackled over the radio in predawn darkness: A small team of American and Afghan troops was pinned down in a remote village under withering fire from three sides. A young lieutenant was begging for artillery or air support. Without it, he yelled, "we are going to die out here. " Can't be done, came the reply. It might kill civilians. Less than a mile away, Marine Cpl. Dakota L. Meyer heard the radio exchange in agony. His buddies were dying, yet Meyer was under orders to stay where he was. Four times he requested permission to go to their aid, and four times he was refused.
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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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