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Patricia Sullivan

I've been looking for a good obit of Oscar G. Meyer all morning, but no one seemed to take advantage of the opportunity. So here's a straightforward version, at least. (Good luck getting the "I wish I were an Oscar Meyer weiner" ditty out of your head this morning.)

Australia's last surviving recipient of the Victoria Cross from World War II has died. Edward Kenna, while he and his platoon were under attack in New Guinea, stood up in full view of the enemy less than 50 yards away and engaged the enemy's bunker, firing his Bren gun from the hip. The Japanese shot back with such accuracy that bullets passed between between Private Kenna's arms and body, this Australian news site says. When Kenna's ammunition was exhausted, he discarded his Bren gun, called for a rifle and despite intense machine-gun fire killed the enemy gunner with his first round.

Speaking of war, a memorial service was held yesterday for the first two Americans killed in the Vietnam War. Historian and journalist Stanley Karnow is quoted about his coverage of the deaths. Related: the story has not yet been published, but Mr. Karnow's wife of 50 years died earlier this week.

Kenya Mizukami, who edited Yomiuri Shimbun, one of the world's most-read newspapers, died June 20. Mizukami adopted a managerial style of encouraging his staff to focus their energies on generating "one interesting story per week, rather than churning out a boring story every day". Over the course of his reporting career he stuck closely to his own advice, seeking exciting stories wherever possible.

That's the best we can find today, although you're always welcome to add more in the comments section. See you here tomorrow, if not sooner.

By Patricia Sullivan  |  July 9, 2009; 8:09 AM ET
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