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Tuesday, January 24, 2006

The Phoenix Project

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – January 18, 2006
Email Contact: phoenix.project@mvfaDOTorg
Phone: (800) 720-9247

The Phoenix Project
Soldiers and Veterans Transitional Retreat

At a briefing and panel discussion on December 8, 2005 in Alexandria, Virginia hosted by Rep. Lane Edwards on Capitol Hill Thursday, December 8th, the National Military Family Association’s (NMFA) Director of Government Relations, Joyce Wessel Raezer, offered a unique perspective of the effects of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental health issues on military families. While the focus of the discussion was on PTSD, Ms. Raezer was clear in stating that families need support across the whole spectrum of mental health care citing the that families called for more information on what their service member is experiencing and they need help in understanding how to help their service member Families also need to know when “normal” post-deployment anger morphs into abuse and where they can get help if it does. Almost 70 percent of active duty family members knew that counseling services were available to them and 50 percent stated they or someone in their family would seek counseling or had used counseling services. While most families—even isolated National Guard and Reserve—may be aware of at least some DoD/military support services, most know nothing about what is available through the VA.

Because of budgetary and mission limitations of the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs they are not able to address all the social, emotional and spiritual needs of the veterans and their families. The Military, Veteran and Family Assistance Foundation (MVFAF) is a tax exempt 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization that provides services and resources beyond the budgetary and mission capabilities of the Department of Defense, the Department of Veterans Affairs and other National, State and Local veterans' agencies. The Foundation stands as a bridge between the individual and the family; between soldiers, veterans and corporations; between wounded-ness and wholeness.

When a soldier goes to war, the family goes to war; when a soldier is wounded, the family is wounded, and the community is wounded. War is a terrible thing. We think of war as soldiers facing the enemy in a terrible conflict of hell, bullets, bombs, blood and death. We all know that war effects most those who are directly involved. However, there is another side to war; it is the pain and suffering of the family, extended family, friends, and community that are also torn apart from the wounds of their loved one.

The work of reunion; and addressing the physical, emotional, social, spiritual and economic wounds is most productive and healing for the family when it involves everyone involved. The community that we live in pays the price of liberty and freedom. Sending one of our sons or daughters to war takes a toll on the community as it does with the family.

While the family’s involvement is critical in the soldier’s healing process, it is essential that the community be also involved. From a purely business perspective we can see the cost on the local community. We loose a productive member of our community or business, and, if we do not attend to the wounds of the returning military it will cost us in lost productivity because of downtime needed to attend to the problem. If the community does not come together with a hand up, the community will pay in the long run in health costs and in dealing with destructive behavior. It is critical that communities come together in the same American spirit of helping our neighbors as in the barn raising efforts of years ago. In the past, when one of our neighbors lost their barn to a fire, the whole community came together to rebuild the burnt barn. Communities must come together to rebuild the lives of those that have served and are serving and for the sacrifices made by them while in the military. As we rebuild each life we rebuild a valuable, contributing member of our community.

The Military, Veteran and Family Assistance Foundation (; US Wounded Soldiers Foundation (; and Soldiers Angels ( are cooperating to provide a community based retreat to assist veterans and their families to make the transition back home. In addition, the retreat stands as a ‘Welcome Home’ and a ‘Thank You for Your Service’ to those that have stepped forward to fight for liberty and freedom for all.

The first ‘Soldiers and Veterans Transitional Retreat’ will be held February 20-24, 2006 at the Heart of the Hills Camp in Hunt, Texas. It is designed for those who served in the military and have been affected by war and terrorism. Veterans, service members and their families will have the opportunity to take time out to retreat and regroup so that they will become more able to deal effectively and efficiently with life after combat. The retreat will involve a combination of treatment, education, motivation and recreational modalities that will address issues related to their military service.

The objective for the retreat is to utilize existing knowledge with an integrative health care perspective to assist and enable participants to make the transition from deployment to active and useful lives in their communities. Using medical, educational, therapeutic and motivational modalities, the retreat will enable and empower individuals and families to achieve fulfilling and productive lives. Through the use of integrative strategies, the retreat will address the treatment of physical, social, emotional and spiritual wounds in a family and community based approach. The mind, body and soul are addressed in readjusting to civilian life using group and individual counseling with other integrative approaches conducted in a safe, comfortable and relaxing environment of the Texas Hill Country.

The retreat is for couples involving active duty military anticipating transition to civilian life, active duty Reserve and National Guard making the transition from deployment to citizen soldier, and veterans.

Sponsors: Military, Veteran and Family Assistance Foundation –

US Wounded Soldiers Foundation –

Soldiers’ Angels –

Donations to support retreats should be made payable to MVFA (or) Military, Veteran and Family Assistance Foundation (In Memo Field: Phoenix Project) should be sent to:

Military, Veteran and Family Assistance Foundation
Phoenix Project
6806 Royal Lane
Dallas, Texas 75230

The Military, Veteran and Family Assistance Foundation is a Tax-Exempt 501(c)(3) Charitable Foundation. All donations are tax deductible.

Thomas R. Wagner, Executive Director

Military, Veteran and Family Assistance Foundation
6806 Royal Lane
Dallas, Texas 75230
CAMP BLUE DIAMOND, RAMADI, Iraq – Two pictures of Lance Cpl. Jonathan Price, an infantryman with Company L, Headquarters Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, are displayed Jan 17 along with candles and an American flag during a memorial service here honoring his many contributions to his unit and fellow Marines. Price was fatally wounded while conducting operations in Al Anbar’s provincial capitol city of Ramadi Jan. 13. A service was held here Jan. 17 to honor his contributions to his unit and fellow Marines. Price deployed to Iraq in August 2004 with Battery L as part of a security detachment providing security for the Marine camp here which houses the command element of the 2nd Marine Division. Photo courtesy of Company L, Headquarters Battalion, 2nd Marine Division. Photo by: Sgt. Ryan S. Scranton

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Dogs join battle against insurgency

from ARNews

Staff Sgt. Figo looks on as Staff Sgt. Archie practices his paces. They help the 16th Engineer Detachment search for IEDs and weapons caches. Figo has been awarded a Bronze Star and the Combat Action Badge.

By Sgt. Anne Drier

CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq (Army News Service, Jan. 23, 2006) – Staff Sgt. Archie, 67th Engineering Detachment, greets everyone with warmth and friendliness. His tail wags and his tongue lolls from his mouth as he places both huge paws on his visitor’s chest and gives them a dead-on look in the eyes.

Staff Sgt. Figo greets her visitors with a serious stare, more aloof than her counterpart, but still friendly. She’ll gladly accept a pet on the head for a moment or two before turning to more important business.

The 67th Engineering Detachment adopted the program, began by the British Army, using dogs to find explosives and contraband almost three years ago. Most of the dogs are found in pounds or donated to the program. They undergo a training period of about three months before being placed with a handler.

Handlers share lives with dogs
“I went to train under Roger Tredwell, who’s been doing this kind of thing for 30 years,” said Sgt. Daniel Broda, of 67th Engineering Detachment, the handler for Staff Sgt. Figo. “I didn’t see my dog for quite a while. He can judge in one week which dog to team up with each handler. He makes the choice based on personality and temperament of both the dog and the handler. Most of the time it works out.”

“Figo is a Lab and Springer spaniel mix, so she’s a bit high strung. She’s very independent,” said Broda. “It took quite a while before we were able to bond. I didn’t think it was going to work out because she wouldn’t listen. Then one day it just clicked. Now we’re inseparable. She goes with me everywhere.”

The pair has been together for almost two years now, sharing the same sleeping space and daily routine. “It feels weird when she’s not with me, like not having my weapon with me. Our dogs are actually more important than our weapons because we can’t do our mission without them,” said Broda.

Dogs one rank higher than handlers
Each dog is awarded rank in the Army system and receives special treatment by the system and their handler.

“The dogs are always one step higher in rank than their handler in case of abuse,” said Broda. “If a handler abuses the animal, he’s subject to UCMJ action. If I get promoted, she gets promoted as well.”

The dogs, usually Labrador retrievers or a Labrador mix, are given rigorous training and their relationship with their handlers is very important. When working, they wear a special harness and they know that when wearing it, it’s time to work. “They won’t work without their harnesses,” said Broda.

Figo earns recognition
Staff Sgt. Figo has been at the Victory complex almost two years. During that time, she has found many caches of weapons and stockpiles of munitions. She was awarded a Bronze Star and a Combat Action medal during her deployment to Iraq. Because she is so good at her job, she has become quite well known amongst the insurgent populace.

“They can clear an area one hundred times faster than Soldiers can,” said Sgt. Mathew McKee, Staff Sgt. Archie’s handler, “because they can smell through the walls.”

“They’re very aware of what the dogs can do,” said Broda. “She has put a lot of people in prison. Staff Sgt. Figo has taken sniper fire – and it was directed at her specifically. I’ve heard that there is a $200,000 bounty for the man that brings back her ear.”

Dogs in danger
All the dogs trained for this mission have a tattoo of their ‘serial number’ in their ear to identify them. Somehow the insurgents learned of this and have identified which animal to target. This has made it more dangerous for Staff Sgt. Figo to work outside the parameters of the Victory complex.

These dogs are now assigned to Force Protection inside the walls of the complex, which keeps them sharp for missions in the field and safe from sniper bullets.

“She’s only got a little while left here,” said Broda. “Our tour is almost up and we’ll get to go home. Then we’ll get some time off and she can play all she wants for a while.”

Playing is a special treat for dogs with such an important mission. “They have special toys they like to play with, like the tennis balls. Play is her treat for doing a good job. We don’t give them food treats, that would make them lazy, but when we play ball with them, and they don’t have to wear the harness, that is a treat.”

“Engineer Specialized Search Dog Teams are definitely a force multiplier for all combat and combat support operations and have proven their ability and worth during multiple military operations,” said Brig. Gen. Robin Timmons, commander, 16th Engineer Brigade. “The dog teams are highly-trained professionals and perform every mission in a superior manner. From a command perspective, they are invaluable.”

Staff Sgt. Figo is returning home with Sgt. Broda, and Staff Sgt. Archie will pick up where she leaves off. He’s been learning the ropes from her for the last three months and is ready to take over for his teacher.

The dogs and the handlers share the routine, and the dangerous missions, as special teams – helping keep the forces on the Victory complex safe.

(Editor’s note: Sgt. Anne Drier serves with the 636rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment.)

by Sgt, 1st Class Tracey Ballog
January 23, 2006

Sgt. Matthew McKee looks on as Staff Sgt. Archie searches for munitions or explosives in the gym at Camp Victory.
by Ricky A. Bloom
January 23, 2006
Soldiers from the 96th Civil Affairs Battalion, and Ethiopians from the village of Dinigo, move a water pump to an irrigation site during a humanitarian visit.

Sometimes, You Just Have to Laugh

OK, when you cruise the news headlines from a lot of sources every day, you start to get a little cynical - start to see the difference between what they use to hook you, and what the story actually says. And you start to see that sometimes the same story will have vastly different headlines in two different sources.

Sometimes, you find a such a difference that you shake your head. And sometimes, you find such a difference that it's truly amusing:

Take these two, for instance:

This is what the Seattle Times is running:
Russians allege high-tech spying by British envoys

I’m wondering if the Russians know that this is what passes for “high tech” in their country (from the AP):

Russians: British Spied Using Fake Rock

My chuckle for the day, and I just thought I'd share.
MOSUL PATROL — U.S. Army Spc. Shawn Aiken, assigned to Alpha Company, 2nd Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment, 172nd Styker Brigade Combat Team, provides security during a joint U.S. and Iraqi army patrol in Mosul, Iraq, Jan. 21, 2006. U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. John M. Fosteri

In Today's News - Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Quote of the Day
"Panic sweeps my men when they are facing the American Marines."
-- Captured North Korean Major

News of Note
Operation Iraqi Freedom
New Saddam Trial Judge- Iraq Attacks Kill Six Video
Two German engineers kidnapped in Iraq
Saddam trial postponed to Sunday
Sunnis in Iraq Urged to Defend Themselves
Zarqawi gives up council control

Homeland Security / War on Terror
US 'outsourced' torture to other countries: probe
Bush rejects charges that domestic spying illegal
Judge says release detainees' identities

Troops on Trial
GI Receives No Jail Time for Iraqi's Suffocation

Other Military News
Pentagon plan seeks increase in special forces: report

Supreme Court
Senate committee set to vote on Alito
Supreme Court moves toward partisan contests for judgeships

This crook gets an "A" for originality
Whatever you do, don't call for the nurse..
It's almost official: Today's the "worst" day of the year
Escapee caught despite weight loss, 'hilarious' disguise

Other News of Note
Canadian Conservative Party election win ends 13-year Liberal Party run
Kuwait's Ailing Emir Agrees to Abdicate

Fox News
Roe Opponents Rally in D.C.
Call for Accountability - Senators want mine probe
Montenegro Train Wreck Kills at Least 39, Injures Over 135
Sudan Forgoes African Post
Rice: 'Time Has Come' to Refer Iranian Nukes Case
Stocks to Watch: McDonald's
Ford to Cut Up to 30,000 Jobs
Olympic Torch Swiped
Texas Instruments Profit Rises, Revenue Disappoints
Mad Cow Disease in Canada
BlackBerry Blackout Looms
Government Warned of Levee Breach Risk

Reuters: Top News
US says hopes to avoid confrontation with Iran
Russia delays launch of next space station crew
Wild birds: vectors or victims of avian flu?
Microsoft says gets more time to reply on fine proposal
T-Mobile seeks halt to cell phone record sales
Bird flu preys on poverty in ill-fated town
Senegal tourist haven tries to shake off rebellion
US experts: OTC weight loss drug offers benefits
Bush to anti-abortion activists: 'We will prevail'
Janette Carter of country music Carter Family dies
Dow, S&P 500 gain as oil slips
American Express meets expectations
Bank of America profit unexpectedly falls
Texas Instruments profit up, revenue disappoints
J&J mulls move in Guidant bidding war
Deutsche Bank handed partial victory in Kirch case
Japan's KDDI quarterly profit up, keeps forecast
Disney board okays takeover offer to Pixar-source
InfoNXX IPO could be worth around $1bln: source
Broadcom to acquire semiconductor company
Sports Authority agrees to $1.3 bln buyout
PetMed Express profit beats estimates
Lower taxes boost Eaton profit, shrs fall
Supervalu's gamble seen paying off

AP World News
Six Killed in Southwest Iran Bombings
Kenya Building Collapse Kills at Least 11
Report: Sharon's Doctors Concealed Info
Iran Threatens Full-Scale Enrichment
Freezing Cold Spreads to Much of Europe
Hamas, Fatah Signal Interest in Coalition
Cambodian Leader to Drop Defamation Suits
New U.N. Commander Promises Secure Haiti
Bolivia's Evo Morales Announces Cabinet
Venezuela Hosting World Social Forum
Kuwait Struggles With Leadership Crisis

The Seattle Times
Ameriquest to pay millions to mortgage customers
West Virginia lawmakers pass mine-safety legislation
Abortion foes mark anniversary of ruling
Cabbie's Web journal lets readers ride along
Bargain video camera holds priceless memories
Hacker, 20, admits renting network to attack Web sites
Political radicals join Bolivia's Cabinet

Chicago Sun-Times
Judge cuts priest no slack
Chief of facilities at O'Hare abruptly quits
Jury selection under way in trial of alleged serial killer
Florida man freed by DNA after 24 years behind bars
Put some pants on, cops tell subway riders
Parents of missing penguin are expecting again

Boston Globe: World
Hamas hardens campaign rhetoric
Pinochet's wife and children arrested on tax and fraud charges
Gunmen kill 3 and abduct 20 in a Baghdad raid
8 UN troops die in Congo attack
Iraq Attacks Increased in 2005
Corporate Partners Offer Free Tax Filing
Two Soldiers Killed in Iraq Bombing
Reporter's Dad Seeks Dialogue With Captors
Pentagon Readying New Defense Blueprint

CENTCOM: News Releases
Soldiers Detain Suspected Terrorists, Find Weapons Cache

Department of Defense
Bush: Threats Must Be Taken Seriously - Story
Cultural Shift Needed to Fight 'Long War' - Story
Iraqi Vote Will Not Be Undone by Violence - Commentary
Bond of Wounded Crosses Generations - Commentary

Georgia Guard Provides Convoy Security - Story
Unmanned Shadow Watches From Above - Story

Dogs Join Battle Against Insurgency
Marine Unit Celebrates 55th Birthday in Iraq
Mess Night Gives Marines Chance to Unwind

Windmills Provide Water Source for Farmers
Vendor Day Educates Business Leaders

Soldier Survives Suicide Bomb Blast, Rejoins Unit - Story

Group Supports Wounded Troops - Story
Actor Supports Iraqi Children


Operation Koa Canyon Continues
Mosque Attacked; Gunman Nabbed
Soldiers Detain Terrorists
Officials Reach Out to Uneasy Iraqis
General: Fewer Sunni Terror Ties
Fact Sheet: Progress and Work Ahead
Report: Strategy for Victory in Iraq
Iraq Daily Update
This Week in Iraq (pdf)
Multinational Force Iraq
Eye on Iraq Update (pdf)
State Dept. Weekly Iraq Report (pdf)
'Boots on the Ground' Audio Archive
Iraq Reconstruction

Humanitarian Efforts Underway
Police Discuss Internal Security
Security Members Demobilize
Afghanistan Update

Cheney: Terrorists Target U.S.
Charges Referred to Commission
Bush Meets Saddam's Victims
Fact Sheet: War on Terror
Fact Sheet: Terror Plots Disrupted
Waging and Winning the War on Terror
Terrorism Timeline
Terrorism Knowledge Base

Troops, Families Get Tax Services
Survey to Aid Radio Programming
A-10 Pilots, Personnel Head to OEF
Vets Rate VA Health Care Highly
National Guard, Reserve Update

Officials Identify Army Casualties - Story

Al Azamiyah Al Basrah Al Hillah Al Karkh Al Kazimiyah Al Kut An Nasiriyah Baghdad Baqubah Mosul Najaf Nineveh Tall Kayf

Bost/Laskar Ghurian Herat Kabul Qandahar


Today in History
0772 - Stephen III ends his reign as Catholic Pope
0817 - St Paschal I begins his reign as Catholic Pope succeeding Stephen IV
1076 - Synod of Worms German King Henry IV fires Pope Gregory VII
1118 - Giovanni Caetani elected Pope Gelasius II
1328 - King Edward III of England marries Philippa of Henegouwen
1458 - Matthias I Corvinus chosen king of Hungary
1534 - François I signs classified treaty with evangelical German monarchy
1568 - In the Netherlands, Duke of Alva declares William of Orange an outlaw
1616 - Jacques Le Maire discovers Street Lemaire/Cape Receiver
1634 - Emperor Ferdinand II declares Albrecht von Wallenstein a traitor
1639 - Connecticut colony organizes under Fundamental Orders
1644 - Battle at Nantwich Cheshire Parliamentary armies win
1652 - Duke of Orléans joins Fronde rebels
1656 - 1st Jewish doctor in US, Jacob Lumbrozo, arrives in Maryland
1679 - King Charles II disbands English parliament
1722 - Czar Peter the Great begins civil system
1742 - German leaders elect Charles VII Albert Emperor
1764 - Governor Winthrop Telescope, is destroyed in a Harvard fire
1839 - Charles Darwin elected member of Royal Society
1847 - 1,500 New Mexican Indians & Mexicans defeated by US Colonel Price
1848 - James Marshall finds gold in Sutter's Mill in Coloma CA
1861 - Arsenal at Augusta GA seized by Confederacy; Federal troops from Fort Monroe are sent to Fort Pikens
1862 - Romania principality arises under King Alexander Cuza
1874 - General J van Swieten conquers Kraton Atjeh, after 1000's die
1892 - Battle at Mengo, Uganda French missionaries attack British missionaries
1899 - Rubber heel patented by Humphrey O'Sullivan
1900 - Battle at Tugela-Spionkop, South Africa (Boers vs British army)
1901 - Emily Hobhouse views Lord Kitchener's concentration camp at Bloemfontein
1902 - Denmark sells Virgin Islands to USA
1908 - General Baden-Powell starts Boy-Scouts
1915 - German-British sea battle at Doggersbank & Helgoland
1922 - Lehman Caves National Monument established
1923 - Aztec Ruins National Monument, New Mexico established
1924 - Mussolini disallows non-fascists work union; Russian city of St Petersburg renamed Leningrad
1925 - Moving picture of a solar eclipse taken from dirigible over Long Island; Sandler follows Branting as premier of Sweden
1935 - 1st canned beer, "Krueger Cream Ale", is sold by Kruger Brewing Co in Richmond VA
1939 - 30,000 killed by earthquake in Concepcion Chile; Spanish government moves to Figueras
1941 - British troops march into Abyssinia
1943 - Hitler orders nazi troops at Stalingrad to fight to death; Jewish patients/nurses/doctors incinerated at Auschwitz-Birkenau
1944 - Allied troops occupy Nettuno Italy
1945 - Scottish 52nd Lowland division occupies Heinsberg
1948 - Dutch Liberal Party forms-People's party for Freedom & Democracy (VVD)
1951 - Dutch government Drees-van Schaik resigns
1952 - Fire in main building of French Port Martin Antarctic base
1958 - After warming to 100,000,000º, 2 light atoms are bashed together to create a heavier atom, resulting in 1st man-made nuclear fusion
1962 - 28 refugees escape from East to West Germany; Jackie Robinson is 1st Black elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
1964 - Martin Kresses final comic strip of Eric the Viking
1969 - Spanish General Franco announces state of emergency
1977 - 5 lawyers murdered by fascist in Madrid
1978 - Carter Executive Order on Intelligence (#12036)
1985 - 15th Space Shuttle (51-C) Mission-Discovery 3 is launched
1986 - Voyager 2 makes 1st fly-by of Uranus (81,593 km), finds new moons
1990 - Japanese MUSES-A (Hiten) launched towards moon
1993 - Polish ferry boat John Heweliusz sinks, 52 killed; Soyuz TM-16 launches

0076 - Publius A. Hadrianus, 14th Roman Emperor (117-138)
1712 - Frederick II (the Great), King of Prussia (1740-86)
1800 - Sir Edwin Chadwick, British social reformer
1820 - John Milton Thayer, Union Brevet Major General
1828 - Adam Jacoby Slemmer, Union Brigadier General
1832 - John Pegram, Confederate Brigadier General
1888 - Ernst Heinrich Heinkel,German inventor (1st rocket-powered aircraft)
1891 - Walter Model,German field marshal
1895 - Hans Fischböck, Austrian Finance minister (Nazi-occupied Holland)
1907 - Maurice Couve de Murville, French Premier (1968-69)
1913 - Mark Goodson, TV game-show producer (Goodson-Toddman)
1921 - Bernard J. Dwyer (Representative-NJ)
1924 - Robert W. Kastenmeier (Representative-WI)
1927 - Paula Hawkins (Senator-FL, 1981-86)
1931 - Kees Zÿlstra, Dutch MP (PvdA)
1940 - Flip Buurmeijer, Dutch MP (PvdA)
1946 - John Harrison, South African correspondent (BBC)
1948 - Elliott Abrams, Assistant Secretary of State/supplied arms to the Contras
1949 - John Belushi, comedian/actor (SNL, Blues Brothers); Bart Gordon (Representative-TN)
1952 - William F. Readdy, astronaut (STS 42, 51, 79)
1961 - Krasimir Mikhailov Stoyanov, cosmonaut

0041 - Caligula (G.C. Germanicus], Roman emperor (37-41), assassinated at 28
0661 - Ali ibn Abu Talib, Kalif of Islam (656-61), murdered
0772 - Stefanus III/IV, Pope (768-72)
0817 - Stefanus IV [V/Colonna], pope (816-17)
1336 - Alfonso IV the Benignant, King of Aragon (1327-36), dies at 36
1547 - Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey, executed for treason
1678 - Joan Maetsuyker, Governor-General of Netherlands East-Indies, dies at 72
1862 - James McIntosh, Confederate Brigadier General, dies in battle at about 33
1864 - Stephen Gardner Champlin, Union Brigadier General, dies at about 36
1943 - John Burns, English minister of Local Government (1905-14), dies
1953 - (Karl R) Gerd von Rundstedt, General-field marshal (Normandy), dies at 77
1965 - Winston Churchill, PM of Britain (C) (1940-45, 51-55), dies at 90
1989 - Ted Bundy, serial killer of up to 100 women, executed in Florida at 42
1993 - Thurgood Marshall, 1st Black Supreme Court Justice (1967-91), dies 84
1995 - Wim H. Sinnige, Amsterdam PvdA alderman of Finance, dies at 60

Reported Missing in Action

Booze, Delmar G., USMC (NE); F4B shot down (navigator/bombardier, w/Sprick, same incident as Pitt and Helber)

Helber, Lawrence N., USMC (OH); F4B shot down (navigator, w/ Pitt - different plane, but same incident as Booze)

Pitt, Albert, USMC (NY); F4B shot down (pilot, w/Helber, same incident as Booze and Sprick)

Sprick, Doyle R., USMC (NM); F4B shot down (pilot, w/Booze - same incident as Pitt and Helber)

Simpson, Max C., US Army (NM); drowned while swimming, body not recovered