May 9, 2013 |
IF THAT BROKEN thing had wheels or moving parts or plugged into an electrical socket, Charlie Tagg could fix it. It didn't matter if it was a car, a TV set, a radio or toy train, his daughter Chris Jakielaszek said. "Dad found enjoyment tinkering and fixing a wide variety of items," she said. "He liked the challenge of making something work again and helping someone. He never charged anyone for the work he did. " Charles W. Tagg, a retired aerospace and aviation engineer, died April 29 of a heart ailment.
April 14, 2013 |
Paul Oh sounds pretty calm for a guy who's about to be engulfed in a sea of thermonuclear fire. Or at least one who's being threatened with that - along with millions of other people in South Korea. The Drexel University professor, in Korea on a two-week teaching assignment, said from his hotel that his daily life is happily routine - working with students, answering e-mail, meeting with colleagues - despite the war beat emanating from the North. "It's completely normal here," Oh said.
March 2, 2013
John C. Esposito, 86, a physician in Springfield, Delaware County, for more than 50 years, died Monday, Feb. 18, of cancer at his winter home in Cape Coral, Fla. A son of Italian immigrants, Dr. Esposito grew up in South Philadelphia. His parents, Charles and Anna, impressed on him the importance of a sound education. After graduating from South Philadelphia High School for Boys and Temple University, he received his medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine.
February 13, 2013 |
After suffering a series of setbacks in the early days of the Korean War, U.S. officials were anxious for a victory. They got it on July 21, 1950, when the Buffalo Soldiers of the Army's 24th Infantry Regiment, which had just arrived in Korea, retook Yechon in a counterattack. Though the victory was short-lived, U.S. Rep. Thomas Lane of Massachusetts stood before the House and praised the black troops "who believed not only in the United States as it is, but in the nation that it will become when intolerance is also defeated.
January 30, 2013
By Evan Thomas As President Obama contemplates his second term, he has been talking to historians about another two-term president, Dwight D. Eisenhower. We think of Ike as a great military man, but as president he used his understanding of the military to rein it in. Obama is said to be looking for a low-key way of managing America's global role while minding Ike's credo that true national security begins at home with a sound economy, shored up by a careful balance of resources and commitment.
December 11, 2012 |
EVERY FAMILY HAS its difficult members - black sheep, if you will. But it didn't matter to Uncle El. He loved them anyway. "If you were the black sheep or if you were in the doghouse, Uncle El embraced you anyway," said the family of Elwood Rucker, a son of old Virginia who never got the South out of his bones. "He was a loving, kind, generous spirit. He was not judgmental. He accepted you the way you were. " Elwood Rucker, a 12-year employee of the Philadelphia International Airport motels and a city Streets Department worker for 33 years, died Friday.
November 17, 2012
Forrest "Dew Drop" Morgan, 90, a national bobsled champion and former manager of the U.S. Olympic team, has died Saturday in Lake Placid, N.Y. Born in Saranac Lake, N.Y., in 1922, Mr. Morgan attended the bobsled races at the 1932 Lake Placid Winter Olympics, getting a ride on the shoulders of American gold medalist Billy Fiske, and was hooked. After serving as a bombardier in World War II and the Korean War, Mr. Morgan started sliding actively in the 1950s and won the national championship as a brakeman in 1959 with neighbor Tuffy Latour.
August 14, 2012 |
JOSEPH DIMEO was a familiar presence at the Penrose Diner. Cooks would save bread scraps for him, and he would take bags of it to Franklin Delano Roosevelt Park and feed the ducks. He was an elderly man with terrible memories. "I know what it's like to be hungry," he would explain. Maybe feeding the ducks in the quiet of the park was a way to assuage the horrors he had experienced as a prisoner of the North Koreans and Chinese for more than three years during the Korean War. He had watched buddies die of hypothermia or malnutrition and saw some beaten and shot to death by brutal guards.
August 13, 2012 |
NASHVILLE - After months of grueling road marches through the Georgia mountains, a group of elite paratroopers had to put their training to the test in a trial by fire. They leapt from an airplane, bullets whizzing past parachutes and shrapnel pelting the plane's side panels. Ed Shames was among them. Now 90, Shames was 19 when he signed up for new parachute units created by military leaders who wanted a quicker, more aggressive unit that could sneak behind enemy lines in Europe. This week, thousands of active-duty soldiers and veterans are gathering at Fort Campbell, Ky., to honor the 101st Airborne Division that was created 70 years ago, even as its current soldiers prepare to leave for Afghanistan.
June 29, 2012 |
JOSEPH FLEMING, a decorated Korean War veteran who raised six children in Southwest Philadelphia, stayed in his neighborhood even after it took a turn for the worse — only to be gunned down at age 80 by a young thug who broke into his well-kept corner rowhouse to steal his laptop. Wounded in the pelvis and the stomach in the May 17 home invasion and shooting, Fleming clung to life in the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania's Intensive Care Unit for 36 days before he succumbed to his injuries on Friday.