Richard E. Bush, 79, who received the Medal of Honor for leading a charge up a mountain in the World War II Battle of Okinawa and then shielding his comrades from a hand grenade with his body, died of heart disease June 7 at his home in Waukegan, Ill.
On April 16, 1945, serving with the 4th Marines, 6th Marine Division, Mr. Bush, a native of Glasgow, Ky., was involved in the fight for Okinawa, some of the fiercest combat of the Pacific campaign.
Mr. Bush, a corporal, was seriously wounded as he led his squad up rocky terrain in the battle to capture Mount Yaetake in northern Okinawa. While he "was prostrate under medical treatment," as his Medal of Honor citation put it, a hand grenade hurled by a Japanese defender landed amid the Marines. Mr. Bush "unhesitatingly pulled the deadly missile to himself and absorbed the shattering violence of the exploding charge in his body," the citation said.
The grenade explosion tore several fingers off one hand and cost Mr. Bush the sight in one eye, according to Heroes of WW II by Edward F. Murphy.
Mr. Bush later was an employee of the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Raymond M. Clausen Jr., 56, a helicopter crewman in the Vietnam War who was awarded the Medal of Honor for rescuing fellow Marines stranded in a minefield under enemy fire, died May 30 at a hospital in Dallas. He had been treated for liver failure.
On Jan. 31, 1970, Mr. Clausen, a native of New Orleans, flew as crew chief on a mission to rescue 20 Marines who had inadvertently entered an area containing American-laid mines while pursuing enemy troops near Da Nang.
He leaped from the helicopter, ignored the presence of hidden mines, picked up a wounded Marine and carried him back to the craft. Several other Marines followed his path to the helicopter, knowing it would be clear of the mines. He then directed the helicopter to another spot and resumed his rescue efforts, making six trips in all. A mine detonated while he was carrying a wounded Marine, killing another member of the stranded platoon and wounding three other men.
Soon after leaving military service in 1970, he was in an auto accident that left him in a coma for several months.
Gulshair El Shukrijumah, 74, an internationally known Islamic scholar whose son was named a terror suspect by the FBI, died Friday at his home in Miramar, Fla.
He had suffered a series of strokes since his son, 28-year-old Adnan G. El Shukrijumah, was labeled in March as a serious threat to U.S. interests at home and abroad. After suffering the strokes, he entered a coma and never recovered.
Relatives deny that Adnan El Shukrijumah had any connection to terrorism.
A native of Guyana, Gulshair El Shukrijumah retired to Florida after leading a New York City mosque that was attended by at least one suspect from the first World Trade Center bombing in 1993.
Jonathan Kramer, 61, a composer and musical theorist, died of leukemia June 3 in New York City.
He was a professor of composition and theory at Columbia University who wrote eclectic music that drew from sources as disparate as Baroque music and jazz.
He was a longtime program annotator for the Cincinnati Symphony and other orchestras. His books include The Time of Music and Listen to the Music, both published in 1988. He taught at University of California, Berkeley; Oberlin College; Yale University; and the Cincinnati Conservatory. He joined the Columbia faculty in 1988.
Harvey Brooks, 88, a physicist and administrator at Harvard University who studied and helped shape national science policies involving energy, the military and the environment, died May 28 of complications from congestive heart failure at his home in Cambridge, Mass.
He served on science advisory committees in the Eisenhower, Kennedy and Johnson administrations.
He was president of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in the 1970s and was a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering and the Council on Foreign Relations.
He helped to develop the acoustic homing torpedo during World War II, and later worked for General Electric on a project to use nuclear-powered reactors in submarines. In 1950, he joined Harvard's Division of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and was its dean from 1957 to 1975. He retired in 1986, but continued to teach and advise.
Leonard H. McRoskey, 84, a former deputy assistant secretary of the Navy who ran an unsuccessful campaign for the California state Senate against former Chicago Seven radical Tom Hayden, died Wednesday at his home in Los Angeles.
He was deputy assistant secretary of the Navy from 1986 to 1988. Mr. McRoskey, a Republican, launched a write-in campaign and wound up on the 1992 general election ballot against Mr. Hayden, a Democrat and the area's incumbent assemblyman. Mr. Hayden won with 57 percent of the vote.
Mr. McRoskey was twice awarded the Department of the Navy's Distinguished Public Service Award.