Much has been written about the brutal Lost Battalion mission in France during World War II in which Japanese-American soldiers of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team rescued a group of other U.S. soldiers cut off by the German enemy.
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Brian Friel, who explored the history, humor and tragedy of Irish life in more than 20 plays, including the widely acclaimed “Dancing at Lughnasa,” which won three Tony Awards in 1992, died Oct. 2 at his home in County Donegal, Ireland. He was 86.
Olga Hirshhorn, widow of the founder of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, who was well-known as an exuberant, energetic and enthusiastic art patron, philanthropist and collector in her own right, died Oct. 3 at her home in Naples, Florida. She was 95.
Ken Denlinger, a longtime Washington Post sports columnist who also wrote books on college athletics, including one of the first to examine unscrupulous recruiting of young basketball players by some of the nation’s top college programs, died Oct. 3 at his home in Frederick, Maryland. He was 73.
John Galvin, a four-star Army general who served as the United States’ and NATO’s top military commander in Europe in the final years of the Cold War and whose foresight on counterinsurgency strategy influenced one of his young aides, future general and CIA director David H. Petraeus, died Sept. 25 at his home in Jonesboro, Georgia. He was 86.
LOS ANGELES — When the Communist forces pushed into Saigon in the final days of the Vietnam War, Vo Phien sensed that his country’s past was about to be erased.
Decades before Pope Francis grabbed the world’s attention with his “Who am I to judge?” remark about gay priests, the Rev. John McNeill was a pillar of gay theology, whose robust challenge of one of the Roman Catholic Church’s most closely held doctrines got him expelled from his order.
Even as a child, Erik Roner had a love of danger. His mother told a story of the time, as a youth, Roner saw bungee jumpers on a bridge and wanted to join right in.
Doug Kendall, a litigator and activist who challenged conservative and even some liberal legal traditions by promoting the view that the Constitution is an essentially progressive founding document, died Sept. 26 at his home in Washington. He was 51.
Richard Rainwater, the Texas investor who helped the Bass family turn a $50 million oil inheritance into a reputed $5 billion fortune, died Sunday in Fort Worth, according to the Rainwater Charitable Foundation. He was 71.