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  Tadao Beppu (1919-1993) — of Honolulu, Island of Oahu, Honolulu County, Hawaii. Born in Island of Maui, Maui County, Hawaii, March 26, 1919. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Army during World War II; member of Hawaii territorial House of Representatives, 1958; member of Hawaii state house of representatives, 1959-; Speaker of the Hawaii State House of Representatives, 1967-; alternate delegate to Democratic National Convention from Hawaii, 1960. Japanese ancestry. Member, Disabled American Veterans; Purple Heart. Died July 22, 1993 (age 74 years, 118 days). Interment at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Honolulu, Island of Oahu, Hawaii.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Charles Wayland Brooks (1897-1957) — also known as C. Wayland Brooks — of Chicago, Cook County, Ill. Born in Bureau County, Ill., March 8, 1897. Republican. Served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War I; lawyer; candidate for U.S. Representative from Illinois at-large, 1934; candidate for Governor of Illinois, 1936; member of Republican National Committee from Illinois, 1939-52; delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 1940 (member, Resolutions Committee), 1944, 1948, 1952 (member, Resolutions Committee; speaker), 1956 (member, Credentials Committee); U.S. Senator from Illinois, 1940-49; defeated, 1948. Presbyterian. Member, American Bar Association; American Legion; Forty and Eight; Freemasons; Shriners; Moose; Phi Delta Phi; Delta Sigma Phi; Elks; Purple Heart. Died in Chicago, Cook County, Ill., January 14, 1957 (age 59 years, 312 days). Interment at Pleasant View Cemetery, Kewanee, Ill.
  Relatives: Son of Rev. Jonas Gardner Brooks and Ida Nora (Bickford) Brooks; married, August 26, 1920, to Gertrude Ackerly; married, May 8, 1946, to Mary (Thomas) Peavey (daughter of John W. Thomas (1874-1945)).
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article
  Clyde L. Choate (1920-2001) — of Anna, Union County, Ill. Born in West Frankfort, Franklin County, Ill., June 28, 1920. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Army during World War II; member of Illinois state house of representatives, 1947-79 (50th District 1947-57, 58th District 1957-67, 59th District 1967-79); delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1956 (alternate), 1964, 1972. Member, American Legion; Veterans of Foreign Wars; Disabled American Veterans; Elks; Moose; Purple Heart. Received the Medal of Honor for action near Bruyeres, France, October 25, 1944. Died October 5, 2001 (age 81 years, 99 days). Interment at Anna City Cemetery, Anna, Ill.
  Choate Mental Health Center (state mental hospital), in Anna, Illinois, is named for him.
  Samuel C. Cleland (b. 1892) — of Fort Wayne, Allen County, Ind. Born in Noble County, Ind., August 6, 1892. Democrat. Lawyer; chair of Allen County Democratic Party, 1930-34; candidate for U.S. Representative from Indiana 4th District, 1942. Congregationalist. Member, American Legion; Veterans of Foreign Wars; Disabled American Veterans; Purple Heart; American Bar Association. Burial location unknown.
  Kenneth Frank Cramer (1894-1954) — also known as Kenneth F. Cramer — of Wethersfield, Hartford County, Conn. Born in Gloversville, Fulton County, N.Y., October 3, 1894. Republican. Served in the U.S. Army during World War I; coal business; member of Connecticut state house of representatives from Wethersfield, 1929-32; member of Connecticut state senate, 1933-37; delegate to Republican National Convention from Connecticut, 1936; general in the U.S. Army during World War II. Member, American Legion; Purple Heart; Sons of the American Revolution; Society of the War of 1812; Sons of Union Veterans; Phi Beta Kappa; Freemasons; Shriners; Rotary. Died, from a heart attack, while hunting, in Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany, February 20, 1954 (age 59 years, 140 days). Interment at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va.
  Relatives: Son of Frank Henry Cramer and Stella Sophia (Brown) Cramer; married, January 3, 1920, to Ruth Rose Fuller.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Orville Lothrop Freeman (1918-2003) — also known as Orville L. Freeman — of Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minn. Born in Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minn., May 9, 1918. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II; lawyer; aide to Minneapolis Mayor Hubert H. Humphrey, and his campaign manager for U.S. Senator in 1948; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Minnesota, 1948, 1952, 1960, 1964; Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor state chair, 1948-50; Democratic-Farmer-Labor candidate for Minnesota state attorney general, 1950; Governor of Minnesota, 1955-61; defeated (Democratic-Farmer-Labor), 1952, 1960; U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, 1961-69. Lutheran. Member, Veterans of Foreign Wars; Disabled American Veterans; American Legion; American Judicature Society; Americans for Democratic Action; American Civil Liberties Union; Moose; Eagles; Izaak Walton League; Sons of Norway; Purple Heart; Phi Beta Kappa. Died, from complications of Alzheimer's disease, in Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minn., February 20, 2003 (age 84 years, 287 days). Interment at Lakewood Cemetery, Minneapolis, Minn.
  Relatives: Married, May 2, 1942, to Jane Shields; father of Michael O. Freeman (1943?-).
  Cross-reference: George A. Farr
  See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Internet Movie Database profile — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Leo E. Green — of Bowie, Prince George's County, Md. Democrat. Lawyer; mayor of Bowie, Md., 1968-72; member of Maryland state house of delegates, 1975-79; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Maryland, 1976; member of Maryland state senate 23rd District, 1983-. Catholic. Member, American Legion; Knights of Columbus; Lions; Elks; Purple Heart. Still living as of 2002.
Perry W. Greene Perry William Greene (1894-1974) — also known as Perry W. Greene — of Grand Rapids, Kent County, Mich. Born in Carsonville, Sanilac County, Mich., May 28, 1894. Republican. Served in the U.S. Army during World War I; pharmacist; member, Grand Rapids City Commission, 1934-44; member of Michigan state senate 16th District, 1945-62. Catholic. Member, Elks; Lions; American Legion; Veterans of Foreign Wars; Knights of Columbus; Purple Heart. Died February 16, 1974 (age 79 years, 264 days). Interment at Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Grand Rapids, Mich.
  Relatives: Married 1925 to Bernadine Hartnacke.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Image source: Michigan Manual 1957-58
Melvin R. Laird Melvin Robert Laird, Jr. (1922-2016) — also known as Melvin R. Laird — of Marshfield, Wood County, Wis. Born in Omaha, Douglas County, Neb., September 1, 1922. Republican. Served in the U.S. Navy during World War II; member of Wisconsin state senate 24th District, 1947-52; delegate to Republican National Convention from Wisconsin, 1948 (alternate), 1952 (member, Resolutions Committee), 1956 (speaker), 1960, 1964; U.S. Representative from Wisconsin 7th District, 1953-69; U.S. Secretary of Defense, 1969-73. Presbyterian. Member, American Legion; Forty and Eight; Veterans of Foreign Wars; Disabled American Veterans; Freemasons; Elks; United Commercial Travelers; Purple Heart. Received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1974. Died in Fort Myers, Lee County, Fla., November 16, 2016 (age 94 years, 76 days). Interment at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va.
  Relatives: Son of Melvin Robert Laird, Sr. and Helen Connor Laird; married, October 15, 1945, to Barbara Masters; uncle of Jessica Laird (who married James Edward Doyle); grandson of William Duncan Connor (1864-1944).
  Political family: Laird-Doyle family of Marshfield, Wisconsin.
  Epitaph: "Purple Heart. Father. Friend. Statesman."
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — NNDB dossier — Internet Movie Database profile — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Books about Melvin Laird: Dale Van Atta, With Honor: Melvin Laird in War, Peace, and Politics
  Image source: Nixon Presidential Library and Museum
  John E. McCauley (1924-1975) — of Wyandotte, Wayne County, Mich. Born in Delaware, Delaware County, Ohio, April 28, 1924. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Army during World War II; lawyer; mayor of Wyandotte, Mich., 1957-61; delegate to Michigan state constitutional convention from Wayne County 18th District, 1961-62; member of Michigan state senate 11th District, 1965-75; died in office 1975. Presbyterian. Member, American Legion; Veterans of Foreign Wars; Kiwanis; Disabled American Veterans; Eagles; Purple Heart. Died in 1975 (age about 51 years). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of John E. McCauley and Fern (Gibson) McCauley; married to Jeanette E. Poet.
  Robert Henry Michel (1923-2017) — also known as Robert H. Michel — of Peoria, Peoria County, Ill. Born in Peoria, Peoria County, Ill., March 2, 1923. Republican. Served in the U.S. Army during World War II; administrative assistant to U.S. Rep. Harold Velde, 1949-56; U.S. Representative from Illinois 18th District, 1957-95; delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 1964, 1968, 1972. Member, Order of Ahepa; American Legion; Veterans of Foreign Wars; Disabled American Veterans; Amvets; Sigma Nu; Pi Kappa Delta; Purple Heart; Jaycees. Received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1994. Died in Arlington, Arlington County, Va., February 17, 2017 (age 93 years, 352 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Charles John Michel; married, December 26, 1948, to Corinne Woodruff.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — votes in Congress from the Washington Post — NNDB dossier
  Terry Doyle Schrunk (b. 1913) — also known as Terry D. Schrunk — of Portland, Multnomah County, Ore. Born in Stayton, Marion County, Ore., March 10, 1913. Democrat. Fire fighter; served in the U.S. Navy during World War II; Multnomah County Sheriff, 1949-56; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Oregon, 1952; mayor of Portland, Ore., 1957-72; indicted in March, 1957 on bribery and perjury charges; tried and found not guilty; another indictment, for conspiracy to obtain wiretaps and other related charges, was dismissed in September, 1957. Presbyterian. Member, Veterans of Foreign Wars; American Legion; Purple Heart; Elks; Eagles; Freemasons. Presumed deceased. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of James Schrunk and Pearl Margaret (Doyle) Schrunk; married, May 17, 1936, to Virginia Dorothy Price.
John B. Swainson John Burley Swainson (1925-1994) — also known as John B. Swainson — of Plymouth, Wayne County, Mich.; Detroit, Wayne County, Mich.; Manchester, Washtenaw County, Mich. Born in Windsor, Ontario, July 31, 1925. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Army during World War II; lawyer; member of Michigan state senate 18th District, 1955-58; Lieutenant Governor of Michigan, 1959-60; Governor of Michigan, 1961-62; defeated, 1962; member of Democratic National Committee from Michigan, 1963; circuit judge in Michigan 3rd Circuit, 1965-70; justice of Michigan state supreme court, 1971-75; resigned 1975. Member, American Legion; Veterans of Foreign Wars; Disabled American Veterans; Delta Theta Phi; Amvets; Purple Heart; Lions; Elks. Lost both legs in a land mine explosion on November 15, 1944, near Metz, Alsace-Lorraine, during World War II. Charged in 1975 with accepting a bribe; found not guilty, but convicted of perjury over his testimony to the grand jury. Died, of a heart attack, in Manchester, Washtenaw County, Mich., May 13, 1994 (age 68 years, 286 days). Interment at Oak Grove Cemetery, Manchester, Mich.
  Relatives: Son of John Adam Carl Swainson (1904-1997).
  Cross-reference: Zolton A. Ferency
  See also NNDB dossier — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Books about John Swainson: Lawrence M. Glazer, Wounded Warrior: The Rise and Fall of Michigan Governor John Swainson
  Image source: Michigan Manual 1957-58
  John Hart Terry (1924-2001) — also known as John H. Terry — of Syracuse, Onondaga County, N.Y. Born in Syracuse, Onondaga County, N.Y., November 14, 1924. Republican. Served in the U.S. Army during World War II; lawyer; assistant secretary to Gov. Nelson Rockefeller, 1959-60; member of New York state assembly, 1963-70 (Onondaga County 2nd District 1963-65, 134th District 1966, 121st District 1967-70); U.S. Representative from New York 34th District, 1971-73; Presidential Elector for New York, 1972. Catholic. Member, American Bar Association; American Legion; Forty and Eight; Purple Heart; Holy Name Society. Died in Syracuse, Onondaga County, N.Y., October 20, 2001 (age 76 years, 340 days). Interment at St. Mary's Cemetery, DeWitt, N.Y.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  Robert Willis Warren (1925-1998) — also known as Robert W. Warren — of Green Bay, Brown County, Wis.; Madison, Dane County, Wis. Born in Raton, Colfax County, N.M., August 30, 1925. Republican. Served in the U.S. Army during World War II; lawyer; Brown County District Attorney, 1961-64; member of Wisconsin state senate 2nd District, 1965-68; Wisconsin state attorney general, 1969-74; delegate to Republican National Convention from Wisconsin, 1972 (delegation chair); U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, 1974-91. Methodist. Member, Veterans of Foreign Wars; Disabled American Veterans; Purple Heart. Died, of cancer, at Columbia Hospital, Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, Wis., August 20, 1998 (age 72 years, 355 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of George R. Warren and Clara (Joliffe) Warren; married, August 23, 1947, to Laverne D. Voagen.
  Cross-reference: Thomas M. Barrett
  See also federal judicial profile — Wikipedia article
  Joseph Riton Younglove (b. 1893) — also known as Joseph R. Younglove — of Johnstown, Fulton County, N.Y. Born in Johnstown, Fulton County, N.Y., July 5, 1893. Republican. Served in the U.S. Army during World War I; member of New York state assembly from Fulton and Hamilton counties, 1941-64; chair of Fulton County Republican Party, 1955. Member, American Legion; Veterans of Foreign Wars; Disabled American Veterans; Purple Heart. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Married to Lelah Oaksford.
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