BOB JOHNSON, 78, a World War II flying ace who shot down a record 28 Nazi planes, died Dec. 27 in Lake Wylie, S.C. He flew P-47 Thunderbolts for the 61st Tactical Fighter Squadron. He became the nation's top flying ace during the midpoint of World War II, breaking the record held by Eddie Rickenbacker, the most decorated combat pilot of World War I.
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YAEKO NAKAMURA, 93, a woman adored as Japan's "Mother Teresa" for her dedication to orphans and the elderly, died Saturday in the western city of Osaka, relatives said Monday. She had been suffering from the effects of a stroke in June 1997. Mrs. Nakamura, joined by her husband, Haruka, began her activities for the disadvantaged in 1931 by caring for the children of fishermen and others making their living on the waterfront near Osaka. To date, about 3,000 children have received care at welfare homes operated by the Nakamuras, according to Masaharu Hojo, head of one of the facilities. The Japanese government awarded Yaeko Nakamura the Order of the Sacred Treasure in 1969 for her contributions to society.
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ANITA HOFFMAN, 56, the activist and prankster wife of Yippie Abbie Hoffman, died Sunday in San Francisco of breast cancer. She helped her husband plot the most memorable pranks of the Yippie movement, including disrupting the New York Stock Exchange by throwing money on the trading floor, encircling the Pentagon in a protest against the Vietnam War and planning demonstrations in Chicago during the 1968 Democratic National Convention. She kept him hidden for years from the FBI. She wrote a memoir of those years, To America with Love: Letters from the Underground. Her husband committed suicide in 1989.
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