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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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November 3, 2001 | DENNIS McLELLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Richard H. Best, a former Navy bomber pilot who scored hits on two of the four Japanese aircraft carriers sunk in the critical Battle of Midway during World War II, has died. He was 91. Best, a retired security manager at the Rand Corp., died Oct. 26 in Santa Monica. The Battle of Midway--June 4-6, 1942--is considered the decisive battle of the war in the Pacific.
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September 12, 1993 | RICHARD EDER
The three stories of William Styron's "A Tidewater Morning" were published separately over nine years in Esquire Magazine; the first appearing in 1978, the last in 1987. Perhaps only now, collected in a single volume, can we see how rich and remarkable they are. Styron has not published much since "Sophie's Choice" 14 years ago. There was a collection of essays, and a brief, lucid account of an episode of clinical depression.
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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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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, 2001
Stuart L. Brandel, 82, a geologist and highly decorated World War II hero who was in the initial landing at Normandy, died Aug. 9 in Seal Beach of kidney and heart failure. A Navy captain during the war, Brandel waded ashore at Normandy carrying the radio he picked up after enemy fire killed his landing craft's radioman. For a month, Brandel helped an Allied French cruiser zero in on its targets by spotting enemy gunfire. French Gen.
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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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