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  • List of Famous Dead People: Category - Military

    Hiroo Onoda: Born: 1922-03-19 - Died: 2014-01-16
    Hiroo Onoda was a soldier in the Japanese Imperial Army, who fought in World War II, and didn’t surrender in 1945. He spent 30 years holding out in the Philippines. He eventually returned to Japan to much popularity and released a ghostwritten autobiography called No Surrender: My Thirty-Year War.
    Ariel Sharon: Born: 1928-02-26 - Died: 2014-01-11
    Ariel Sharon was the former Prime Minister of Israel, holding the position from March 2001 to early 2006. At that time, Sharon suffered a series of strokes – the most serious of which put him in a coma – one that he remained in until his death. Before becoming Prime Minister, Sharon was considered the [...]
    Vo Nguyen Giap: Born: 1911-08-25 - Died: 2013-10-04
    Vo Nguyen Giap was a North Vietnamese general who is credited with being one of the driving forces behind ousting the United States from the country during the Vietnam war. He not only commanded the army in the Vietnam war, but also in the first Indochina War of the late ’40s and early ’50s. Other [...]
    Jorge Videla: Born: 1925-08-02 - Died: 2013-05-17
    Jorge Videla, 87, was the dictator of Argentina from 1976 to 1981 after a successful coup d’état put him in power. During his rule, 15,000 to 30,000 citizens disappeared while under police custody. Many were later found in concentration camps and subsequently released. After losing power in 1983, Videla was found guilty of numerous crimes, [...]
    Ewald-Heinrich von Kleist: Born: 1922-07-10 - Died: 2013-03-08
    Ewald-Heinrich von Kleist was a member of the 20 July plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler. Though there was not enough evidence to convict him as a co-conspirator to the attack, he was placed in Ravensbrück concentration camp and then posted to the German front for the duration of World War II.
    Nathan Safferstein: Born: Unknown - Died: 2013-03-05
    Nathan Safferstein worked as a counterintelligence agent for the Manhattan Project during World War II. He was tasked with listening in on scientists’ conversations and delivering sensitive material, such as uranium. (Image courtesy Michael Safferstein/AP)
    Chris Kyle: Born: - Died: 2013-02-02
    Chris Kyle was a U.S. Navy SEAL, and is said to have been the most lethal sniper in United States military history, with 160 confirmed kills (out of 255 claimed kills). He served from 1999 to 2009. Kyle wrote a best-selling book about his experiences called American Sniper.
    Hal Drake: Born: 1930-01-27 - Died: 2013-01-27
    Hal Drake was a famous reporter, spending most of his career covering the news for Star and Stripes, the editorially independent news body working inside the Department of Defense. Stars and Stripes covers matter affecting those involved with the U.S. Armed Forces. Drake was a noted reporter during the Vietnam War, and his career spanned [...]
    Norman Schwarzkopf: Born: 1934-08-22 - Died: 2012-12-27
    Herbert Norman Schwarzkopf was a general for the United States Army. He was commander of coalition forces in the Persian Gulf War, while serving as Commander of the U.S. Central Command.
    Alan Poindexter: Born: 1961-11-05 - Died: 2012-07-01
    Alan Poindexter (nicknamed “Dex”) was a well-known Astronaut from Pasadena, California. Poindexter worked for NASA and was also a naval officer. Alan Poindexter started his career at NASA in 1998, where he was positioned in the Astronaut Office Shuttle Operations Branch of the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. In May 2009, Poindexter also served as [...]
    George Vujnovich: Born: 1915-05-31 - Died: 2012-04-24
    George Vujnovich was an American intelligence agent during World War II who organized the largest air rescue of Americans behind enemy lines. He was married to his wife, Mirjana Lazich. During World War II, Vujnovich led the mission of Operation Halyard, which was the plan to evacuate and rescue over 500 pilots from Serbia. This [...]
    Kim Jong-il: Born: 1941-02-16 - Died: 2011-12-17
    Kim Jong-il was the supreme leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, also known as North Korea. He was also the Chairman of the National Defense Commission of North Korea, and the Supreme Commander of the Korean People’s Army, the fourth-largest in the world. In April of 2009 Jong-il had North Korea’s constitution was [...]
    Muammar Gaddafi: Born: 1942-06-07 - Died: 2011-10-20
    Gaddafi was the former autocratic ruler of Libya, from 1969 when he seized power in a military coup, until 2011 when his government was overthrown by a NATO-backed rebel force in a civil war.
    Osama bin Laden: Born: 1957-03-10 - Died: 2011-05-01
    bin Laden was a member of the wealthy Saudi bin Laden family and founder of organization al-Qaeda, who is most known for the September 11th attacks on the United States of America. As a result of his dealings with violent extremists, his Saudi citizenship was revoked and he was on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted [...]
    Tim Hetherington: Born: 1970-01-01 - Died: 2011-04-20
    Hetherington was a famed photojournalist, who was probably best known for his documentary Restrepo.
    Frank Buckles: Born: 1901-02-01 - Died: 2011-02-27
    Upon his death, Frank Buckles was the last remaining World War I veteran. He was the second oldest veteran still alive, and was also a prisoner of war during World War II.
    Alexander Haig: Born: 1924-12-02 - Died: 2010-02-20
    Haig served as the United States Secretary of State under President Ronald Reagan and was also White House Chief of Staff under both President’s Gerald Ford and Richard Nixon. Haig is well known for his incorrect interpretation of the U.S Constitution after the assassination attempt on Reagan, where he thought he assumed control after the [...]
    Charlie Wilson: Born: 1933-06-01 - Died: 2010-02-10
    Wilson was a former naval officer and former 12-term Democratic United States Representative from the 2nd congressional district in Texas. His behind the scenes work during the Soviet war in Afghanistan was the subject of a very popular book and later movie starring Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts, Amy Adams and Phillip Seymour Hoffman.
    Tsutomu Yamaguchi: Born: 1916-03-16 - Died: 2010-01-04
    Yamaguchi, a Japanese man, was the only person officially recognized as a survivor of both the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombings, which took place near the end of World War II. On August 6, 1945 Yamaguchi had just arrived in Hiroshima on business when the atomic bomb, Little Boy, was dropped over the city just [...]
    Steve McNair: Born: 1973-02-14 - Died: 2009-07-04
    Steve LaTreal McNair, who was often referred to as “Air” McNair played quarterback in the National Football League. After playing for Alcorn State University, he was drafted by the Houston Oilers in 1995, and went to the Tennessee Titans when the Oilers relocated to Nashville and changed their name.
    Verne Orr: Born: 1916-11-12 - Died: 2008-11-27
    Orr was the 14th Secretary of the Air Force (1981 – 1985), appointed to the post by President Ronald Reagan. After high school, Orr went to Pomona College where he was awarded the Phi Beta Kappa key. Later he earned his master’s degree in business administration from Stanford University in 1939. Orr entered the United [...]
    Bill Stulla: Born: 1911-05-24 - Died: 2008-08-12
    William “Engineer Bill” Stulla was a children’s television host in the 50s and 60s who hosted “Cartoon Express with Engineer Bill”. He also spent time in the army, even earning a Bronze star as a World War II Veteran. Later on, he became a stockbroker after leaving television.
    William S. Burroughs: Born: 1914-02-05 - Died: 1997-08-02
    William Seward Burroughs II was a writer of novels and essays as well as a painter and a spoken word performance artist. He also did a little acting including performances in Gus Van Sant films. He graduated from Harvard University after losing his virginity to a female prostitute. He then went to the Army just [...]
    Dave Thomas: Born: 1932-07-02 - Died: 2002-01-08
    Thomas is best known for founding the fast food chain Wendy’s Old Fashioned Hamburgers. Thomas never graduated from high school, he dropped out when he was only 15 so he could focus on his job as busboy at the Hobby House restaurant in Fort Wayne, Indiana. It’s at that same restaurant he would meet his [...]
    William Gaines: Born: 1922-03-01 - Died: 1992-06-03
    William Maxwell Gaines spent his early adult life in the Army as World War II started. He then became the publisher and co-editor of EC Comics which started out adapting Bible Stories then went on to publish titles like Tales from the Crypt, Weird Science, the Vault of Horror (and other horror titles – sometimes [...]
    Vlad III the Impaler: Born: 1431-11-14 - Died: 1476-12-??
    Vlad III the Impaler also known as Vlad Vlad Ţepeş, Vlad Dracula, and Dracula was the Prince of Wallachia reigning in 1448, from 1456-1462, and 1476. His reign was a reign of terror according to many legends. He is said to have tortured and impaled thousands of men, women, and children on stakes. Many of [...]
    Harriet Tubman: Born: 1820-??-?? - Died: 1913-03-10
    Harriet Tubman (born Araminta Ross) made 13 trips using the Underground Railroad to save over 70 slaves after escaping captivity during the Civil War. She was born into slavery and suffered a head wound as a result of being beaten as a child, a wound that would plague her even into her later years. She [...]
    Adolphus Busch: Born: 1839-07-10 - Died: 1913-10-10
    Adolphus Busch was the co-founder if American beer giant Anheuser-Busch (his father in-law Eberhard Anheuser was the other one). This is the company that brews many, many brands of beer including the Budweiser, Michelob, Busch, and Rolling Rock families of products. Busch served in the U.S. Army during the Civil War. His great-great-grandson August Busch [...]
    Pat Tillman: Born: 1976-11-06 - Died: 2004-04-22
    Pat Tillman was an NFL football player who left his career behind to enlist in the United States Army. During his college career Tillman excelled as a linebacker for Arizona State University, even though he was a bit small for the position. He was named Pac-10 Defensive player of the year. He was drafted by [...]
    Margaret Ringenberg: Born: 1921-06-17 - Died: 2008-07-28
    Ringenberg was an aviator who logged more than 40,000 hours of flying in her career. She was also a member of the Woman Airforce Service Pilots (WASP). Being a WASP meant she couldn’t fly combat missions, but she took place in some dangerous flying missions which included ferrying, test flying, and target towing.