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Post Mortem: January 9, 2011 - January 15, 2011

Bill Bower dies; Doolittle Raider was last surviving pilot

Bill Bower, the last surviving bomber pilot of the audacious Doolittle Raid, a morale-boosting strike against the Japanese months after the attack on Pearl Harbor, died Jan. 10 at his home in Boulder, Colo. He was 93. As a 25-year-old first lieutenant, Col. Bower commanded one of the 16 Army...

By T. Rees Shapiro  | January 14, 2011; 1:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  T. Rees Shapiro  | Tags:  bill bower, doolittle raiders, pearl harbor  
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Margaret Whiting, singer extraordinaire

Margaret Whiting, a wonderful singer who only got better with age, died Jan. 11 at age 86. Even if she hadn't introduced "That Old Black Magic," "Moonlight in Vermont" and "It Might as Well Be Spring" to the world, Ms. Whiting would still be an interesting character. Her father, Richard...

By Matt Schudel  | January 14, 2011; 12:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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David Nelson of 'Ozzie and Harriet' dies

The Associated Press has published this obituary for David Nelson: David Nelson, who starred on his parents' popular television show "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet," died Jan. 11 of complications from colon cancer at his home in Los Angeles. He was 74. Mr. Nelson (top right in the photo...

By Emma Brown  | January 12, 2011; 10:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Actors, actresses  
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Dick Winters dies; WWII hero commanded 'Band of Brothers'

The full obituary for Maj. Richard "Dick" Winters can be viewed here. Dick Winters, a decorated Army officer whose World War II service was recounted in the best-selling book and HBO mini-series "Band of Brothers," died Jan. 2. News reports listed his age at 92. Based on the 1992 book...

By T. Rees Shapiro  | January 9, 2011; 11:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (136)
Categories:  T. Rees Shapiro  | Tags:  Band of Brothers, Dick Winters, Maj. Richard Winters, World War II  
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Jewish folk singer Debbie Friedman dies

This post has been updated. Debbie Friedman, who combined American folk music with Hebrew liturgical texts to create a popular contemporary form of Jewish music, died today at a hospital in Orange County, Calif. She had been hospitalized for pneumonia, according to a report in the Jerusalem Post. Ms. Friedman...

By Emma Brown  | January 9, 2011; 3:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  Emma Brown, Musicians  
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