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Patricia Sullivan

Good morning.

Things are almost always more complicated than they seem and so is the story of the radar officer at Pearl Harbor, who when informed of a large "blip" showing fast approaching aircraft on Dec. 7, 1941, told the observers "Don't worry about it." Kermit Tyler, who died Jan. 23 at age 96, went down in history as inattentive, but there's more to his story.

A quite moving obit about Fred Bachrach tells the tale about his survival as a Dutch POW in a Japanese camp during World War II.

As a member of the Dutch resistance, Frank Achtien, helped Jews escape the Holocaust and saw the privations that come with hunger. Decades later, living in a Chicago suburb, he remembered the experience and volunteered in a local food bank.

Walter Plowright, who died Feb. 19, developed a vaccine against a cattle virus, rinderpest, which has wiped out the disease worldwide. It's only the second disease that human efforts have eradicated.

By Patricia Sullivan  |  February 25, 2010; 8:53 AM ET
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