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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.
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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.
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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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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 6, 2003 | Dennis McLellan, Times Staff Writer
Raymond G. Davis, a retired Marine Corps general who received the Medal of Honor during the Korean War for his heroic actions during the 1st Marine Division's historic fight to break out of the Chosin Reservoir area, has died. He was 88. Davis, a veterans advocate who helped lead a movement to create the Korean War Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., died of a heart attack Wednesday at a hospital in Conyers, Ga. He lived in nearby Stockbridge. A native of Fitzgerald, Ga.
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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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