Other Notable Deaths


August 20, 2006

Herschel "Herky" Green, 86, a former fighter pilot recognized as one of the most accurate shooters in World War II, died Wednesday at a hospital in Torrance, Calif.

A fighter pilot in Europe and Africa in 1943 and 1944, Colonel Green was the leading ace of the 15th Air Force. He destroyed 18 enemy aircraft and 10 more on the ground during his career. He had such a proficient shot that during one attack on German bombers, he single-handedly destroyed six aircraft.

By the time he hung up his pilot's wings in 1944, he had flown 100 combat missions, amounting to 402 combat hours in the air. He had also amassed military decorations including the Distinguished Service Cross, Silver Star and two Distinguished Flying Crosses. He left the Air Force in 1964 and worked for Hughes Aircraft Co. He retired in 1982.

Kathryn George Frost, 57, who was the highest-ranking woman in the Army when she retired as a major general last year after a 31-year career, died of breast cancer Friday in Washington. D.C.

She was commander of the Army and Air Force Exchange Service, or AAFES, which operates the commissaries and post and base exchanges on military installations nationally and overseas, including Afghanistan and Iraq. Before becoming AAFES commander, she served four years as the Army adjutant general and commander of the eastern sector of the Military Entrance Processing Command.

She worked in Berlin on the staff of then-Gen. Colin L. Powell when he was chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. She also worked as a White House social aide during the administrations of President Reagan and the first President Bush. She was married to Martin Frost, a former Democratic congressman from Texas.

The Rev. William B. Wasson, 82, a Roman Catholic priest who spent more than 50 years caring for orphaned children in Latin America, died Wednesday in Cottonwood, Ariz., of complications from a hip injury he suffered while visiting a Mexican orphanage.

He founded a series of homes for orphaned and abandoned children called Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos, or Our Little Brothers and Sisters, in 1954. The homes have since raised and supported more than 15,000 children and currently care for 3,000 boys and girls in the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Peru, Bolivia and Nicaragua.

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