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Nancy Wake, who was honored for role in French Resistance, dies at 98

Nancy Wake, 98, an Australian who as a spy became one of the Allies' most decorated service members for her role in the French Resistance during World War II, died on Aug. 7 in London. France decorated her with its highest military honor, the Legion d'Honneur. The United States awarded her its Medal of Freedom, and Britain, the George Medal. Her only Australian honor did not come until 2004, when she was made a Companion of the Order of Australia.

Albert Brown, 105, the oldest American survivor of the Bataan Death March, in which as many as 11,000 soldiers died at the hands of the Japanese in the Philippines in 1942, and perhaps the oldest American veteran of World War II, died on Aug. 14 in Nashville, Ill.

George C. Devol, 99, a largely self-taught inventor who drew from science fiction to help develop Unimate, the revolutionary mechanical arm that became a prototype for robots now widely used on automobile assembly lines and in other industries, died on Aug. 11 in Wilton, Conn.

Charles P. Murray Jr., 89, who received the Medal of Honor for single-handedly preventing 200 German soldiers from attacking a U.S. battalion while leading a scouting mission in France during World War II, died of heart failure Aug. 12 in Columbia, S.C.

Charles L. Gittens, 82, who in 1956 became the first black Secret Service agent, died on July 27 in Maryland. He retired in 1979. He then worked for the Department of Justice, where he investigated war criminals who were living in the United States.

Ralph D. Albertazzie, 88, the pilot of Air Force One during the Nixon administration, who flew Henry Kissinger on a historic secret mission to China and flew the Nixon family home to California after the president's resignation, died on Monday in Falling Waters, W.Va.

Nancy Wake, who was honored for role in French Resistance, dies at 98 08/20/11 [Last modified: Saturday, August 20, 2011 7:25pm]
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