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WWII pilot makes his last journey home

November 11, 2008
“I take comfort in knowing that he’s finally home.”

Army Air Forces 2nd Lt. Ray Packard was listed as missing in action after being shot down in France in 1944. Last month, he was interred at Arizona’s Prescott National Cemetery.

By Mike Anton
The Los Angeles Times
November 11, 2008
Two weeks after he left Orange County for World War II, Army Air Forces 2nd Lt. Ray Packard took off in his P-38 Lightning fighter on a bombing mission over German-occupied France. It took him 64 years to return home.

Packard’s plane was among 11 shot down Aug. 25, 1944, when their squadron was overwhelmed in a dogfight with 80 German fighters over Beauvais, a rural area north of Paris. Five of the pilots survived and eluded capture. Two were taken prisoner. The remains of three pilots listed as missing in action were eventually recovered.

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Army National Guard Chaplain John Lockhart hands the ceremonial flag to Ron and Esperanza Packard after the ceremony for Ray Packard, Ron’s uncle.

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Hundreds at funeral of Vietnam pro-democracy activist

February 16, 2008

By Frank Zeller
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HANOI (AFP) – Hundreds of Vietnamese relatives and supporters on Saturday attended the funeral of veteran pro-democracy activist Hoang Minh Chinh, a politically charged event held under heavy police scrutiny.

Several dissidents in the one-party state were able to attend the ceremony for the Communist Party veteran-turned-activist who spent much of his life in jail or under house arrest for advocating a multi-party system.

“Today is a big event for democratic activists because Professor Chinh is one of our most renowned activists,” said another prominent critic of the government, Pham Hong Son, who has also spent years in prison.

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A Hanoi street. Hundreds of Vietnamese relatives and supporters ...
A Hanoi street. Hundreds of Vietnamese relatives and supporters on Saturday attended the funeral of veteran pro-democracy activist Hoang Minh Chinh, a politically charged event held under heavy police scrutiny.
(AFP/File/Hoang Dinh Nam)

Thousands mourn Bhutto as unrest spreads

December 28, 2007
By ASHRAF KHAN, Associated Press Writer

GARHI KHUDA BAKHSH, Pakistan – Hundreds of thousands of mourners paid last respects to Benazir Bhutto as the opposition leader was buried Friday at the mausoleum of Pakistan‘s most famous political dynasty. Furious supporters rampaged through several cities to protest her assassination less than two weeks before crucial elections.

Some wept, others chanted “Benazir is alive,” as the plain wood coffin was placed beside the grave of her father in the vast, white marble mausoleum.

The shooting and bombing attack on the former prime minister — President Pervez Musharraf‘s most powerful political opponent — plunged Pakistan into turmoil and ….

Protesters shout slogans as they block an highway during a demonstration ...
Protesters shout slogans as they block an highway during a demonstration in Islamabad, Pakistan, Friday, Dec. 28, 2007. Benazir Bhutto’s supporters rampaged through cities Friday to protest her assassination less than two weeks before a crucial election, ransacking banks and setting train stations ablaze, officials said.(AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

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