Henri Rol-Tanguy, 94, one of France's most decorated...

Deaths Elsewhere

September 13, 2002

Henri Rol-Tanguy, 94, one of France's most decorated Resistance heroes, who organized the popular uprising against the German occupation of Paris and joined the Gaullist general, Philippe Leclerc, in taking the surrender of German forces stationed in that country, died Sunday.

Mr. Rol-Tanguy, a lifelong Communist, emerged as the leader of the Communist-led Francs-Tireurs et Partisans, or Snipers and Partisans, in the Paris region after other Resistance figures had been arrested and shot. Working from a base in the catacombs of Paris, he called on Parisians to take up arms against the occupiers one week before the liberation of Paris, on Aug. 25, 1944.

A few months after the liberation of Paris, Mr. Rol-Tanguy joined the French army with the rank of colonel and took part in the final campaigns of World War II. He remained in the army after the war, but his continuing membership in the Communist Party proved a complication during the Cold War, and in 1962 he was retired from the armed forces.

From 1964 to 1987, he was a member of the central committee of the French Communist Party. He wrote numerous books about the liberation, including The French Communist Party in the Resistance (1967) and The Truth About the Liberation of Paris (1971).

Louis "Streaky" Gatto Sr., 86, a longtime captain of the Genovese crime family, died of prostate cancer Saturday in Newark, N.J., while serving a 65-year term for running an illegal gambling operation in northern New Jersey.

Mr. Gatto was elevated to Genovese captain in 1979, according to a report by the State Commission of Investigation. He was sentenced in 1991 by U.S. District Judge Harold A. Ackerman, who found that Mr. Gatto ran his operation through intimidation and deadly force.

He had been incarcerated recently at the Federal Medical Center, a prison hospital in Lexington, Ky.

Mr. Gatto's two sons followed their father's path. Louis Gatto Jr. died in prison two years ago. Joseph "The Eagle" Gatto pleaded guilty in 1999 to a racketeering charge that cast him as captain of his father's old crew and was sentenced to five years and a month in prison.

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