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November 14, 1998
Peter Cotes, a major force in serious British theater who was celebrated for staging the first theatrical production of Agatha // Christie's "Mousetrap" in 1952, died in London Tuesday. He was 86.Stephen Duggan, an attorney, the founding chairman of the National Resources Defense Council and a leader of a successful fight against development of Storm King Mountain, which was made famous by painters of the Hudson River School, died Sunday. He was 89.Suzanne Jackson, the Ladies Professional Golf Association's director of tournament operations since 1991 and one of the most respected rules officials in golf, died in Florida Wednesday of breast cancer.
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By Tom Bowman and Tom Bowman,SUN FOREIGN STAFF | September 16, 1997
SHYMKENT, Kazakstan -- While Americans slept early yesterday, hundreds of paratroopers from the U.S. 82nd Airborne Division, led by a four-star Marine general, dropped into this remote but potentially critical part of the world almost 8,000 miles from their base in North Carolina.The U.S. airborne troops' landing on this dusty stretch of Central Asia yesterday marked the first military exercise ever with Russia and troops of former Soviet republics.Five hundred troops from the 82nd Airborne Division joined 40 members of the Central Asian Battalion -- made up of forces from, Kazakstan, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan -- in the paratroop drop to begin a six-day training exercise to prepare for future peacekeeping and humanitarian missions.
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By Brenda J. Buote and Brenda J. Buote,SUN STAFF | April 6, 1997
A Maryland National Guard paratrooper was killed Friday night while making a practice jump at a baseball stadium in Delaware before the home opener for the Wilmington Blue Rocks minor league baseball team.Master Sgt. David C. Horan Sr., 50, of Kent Island, was killed about 4 p.m. when he got tangled in a cable and fell about 90 feet, hitting a fence outside the stadium, said Capt. Drew Sullins, a National Guard spokesman. Horan was pronounced dead at Christiana Hospital in Delaware.The parachute program scheduled to take place during opening day ceremonies for the Kansas City Royals farm team was canceled, but the game was played.
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By LOS ANGELES TIMES | December 13, 1995
WASHINGTON -- The Army, shocked by last week's arrest of two openly white-supremacist paratroopers for allegedly murdering a black couple near Fort Bragg, N.C., launched a new probe yesterday to determine the extent to which soldiers are participating in hate groups.The investigation, to be conducted by the Army inspector-general, was announced by Army Secretary Togo D. West Jr. after he conferred with Defense Secretary William J. FTC Perry and Gen. Dennis J. Reimer, the Army chief of staff.
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By Fred Rasmussen and Fred Rasmussen,Sun Staff Writer | May 26, 1994
Guy Gilbert Mealy, an insurance agent who flew behind German lines on missions to drop paratroopers before the Normandy invasion, died Monday of lung cancer at Stella Maris Hospice. He was 69.A lifelong Baltimore resident, he attended city schools and in 1942, during World War II, he left the Baltimore Polytechnic Institute to enlist in the Army Air Corps. He was 17.He was an armorer in the 366th Fighter Group of the Ninth Air Force in Belgium, France, England and Germany."He flew behind enemy lines when they dropped the paratroopers the night before the [D-Day]
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,Sun Staff Writer | April 19, 1994
They were eager and brash and willing to die for their country.Fifty years later, nothing has changed.Lee Hulett and Guy Whidden parachuted into France in 1944 as part of the huge Allied force that eventually defeated Germany in World War II.Now the two Marylanders plan on joining three dozen other aging paratroopers and re-enacting their jumps in June as part of the Allied commemoration of the 50th anniversary of D-Day.Mr. Hulett, who lives in Columbia, is 69. Mr. Whidden, of Frederick, is 70."
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By New York Times News Service | March 25, 1994
FORT BRAGG, N.C. -- The death toll rose to 20 and is expected to go higher in the aftermath of a midair collision between two planes at Pope Air Force Base on Wednesday that sent a fighter jet skidding into hundreds of paratroopers preparing for a training flight.A day after the accident that left more than 90 soldiers injured -- many with critical burns over most of their bodies -- military officials had no explanation for why an F-16D fighter and a C-130 Hercules transport were apparently trying to land at the same time on the same runway.
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October 29, 1992
Retired Army Lt. Gen. Ridgely Gaither, a pioneer paratrooper who served as police commissioner of Annapolis after retiring in 1962 as commander of the 2nd Army at Fort Meade, died Monday of heart failure at the Fairfield Nursing Center in Crownsville.Services for General Gaither, who was 89 and lived in Annapolis Roads, will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday at St. Anne's Episcopal Church, in Church Circle in Annapolis, followed at 1 p.m. by services at Arlington National Cemetery.Born in Baltimore, he was a graduate of Boys' Latin School and began his career as a military officer in 1924 after his graduation from St. John's College in Annapolis.
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By Knight-Ridder Newspapers | August 21, 1992
WILLOW GROVE, Pa. -- The C-141s came in from the north with the weight of history and the lightness of air.Pvt. Mike Junio of nearby Philadelphia was fifth in line, in the first plane, on the first pass over Willow Grove Naval Air Station.At that moment, 800 feet above the ground in a windowless airplane, the 20-year-old paratrooper wasn't thinking about the 50 years the Army's 82nd Airborne Division has been doing operations like this; wasn't thinking about the World War II campaigns in Sicily, Salerno, Anzio and Normandy, or the Tet Offensive in Vietnam, or Grenada, or Panama, or, most recently, the Desert Storm operation in Iraq.
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By Scott Shane and Scott Shane,Moscow Bureau of The Sun | June 4, 1991
MOSCOW -- Ignoring the testimony of dozens of eyewitnesses and videotapes, the Soviet prosecutor general's office yesterday issued a report claiming that the 13 Lithuanians who died during the seizure of Vilnius broadcasting facilities in January were not killed by Soviet troops.The conclusion contradicts massive evidence published by both Soviet and Western sources and suggests that the regime of President Mikhail S. Gorbachev is unwilling or unable to acknowledge the truth about the Vilnius killings.
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