Friday, December 15, 2017

Last known WWI veteran Florence Green dies at 110

Last known WWI vet dies at 110

Florence Green never saw the front line. Her war was spent serving food, not dodging bullets. But Green, who has died at age 110, was the last known surviving veteran of World War I. She was serving with the Women's Royal Air Force as a waitress at an air base in eastern England when the guns fell silent on Nov. 11, 1918. She died Saturday at the Briar House Care Home in King's Lynn, eastern England, two weeks before her 111th birthday, the home said Tuesday. Decades later, she remembered her wartime service with affection. "I had dozens of friends on the base and we had a great deal of fun in our spare time. In many ways, I had the time of my life," she said in an interview in 2008.

He urged delay of 'Challenger'

The man who warned his employer of the equipment quirk that led to the deadly explosion of the space shuttle Challenger has died. Roger Boisjoly, 73, died of cancer in Nephi, Utah, on Jan. 6, his wife said Tuesday. He wrote a memo to his supervisors at Morton Thiokol six months before the shuttle launch on Jan. 28, 1986, saying cold weather could compromise the seals connecting sections of the rocket boosters they manufactured. He and four other engineers pleaded with supervisors for a delay the night before the launch, as temperatures dipped below freezing. The warning was ignored, and the shuttle exploded 73 seconds after launch. Seven crew members were killed.

Associated Press

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