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July 6, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
A man wanted in the shooting death of Maj. Gen. Marion Carl, one of the Marine Corps' most decorated fighter pilots, was arrested by the FBI in California. Jesse Stuart Fanus, 19, had been sought since June 28, when Carl was killed during a robbery at his home in rural southern Oregon. Fanus was arrested without incident in Pasadena. Carl was the Marine Corps' first fighter ace. He shot down 18 enemy planes during World War II and twice won the Navy Cross.
November 12, 2009 | Baxter Holmes
At Alhambra High School's 20th reunion for the class of 1988, Colleen Solanga knew something wasn't right about Steve Burton's outfit. To be sure, it was Halloween, but Solanga didn't think this was a costume. Burton was dressed as a Marine lieutenant colonel, according to court documents, and was wearing a Purple Heart, Bronze Star and a Navy Cross, that service's highest honor. A Navy commander, Solanga became suspicious and asked Burton if he would pose for a picture with her, according to an affidavit filed in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
October 4, 2012 | By David Zucchino, Los Angeles Times
ALEXANDRIA, Va. - Doug Sterner drives from his cluttered apartment here to the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C., carrying a portable photocopier and a belief in American heroes. Inside the Navy archives, he flips through thousands of typed index cards detailing bravery in battle. Sterner pulls out a card and starts reading. He's mesmerized by this story: Charles Valentine August, a Navy pilot who shot down two enemy planes in World War II, was later shot down himself and captured in North Africa.
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."
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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