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WMRA News
5:16 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

A Giant Dies in Bridgewater

Risner in early 1965 (Time magazine cover) , in 1973 (USAF photo), and in the 2010s (POWnetwork.org). Composite: WMRA News (tw)

In the fall of 2013, veterans were in the news a lot. First, vets were in the headlines when denied access to the National World War II Memorial during the Government Shutdown of 2013. Shortly afterward, during Veterans Day activities, televised tributes to vets poured in. Between these peaks of veteran-awareness, a giant of military history (and also of sheer human willpower) quietly passed away in Bridgewater, Virginia: General James "Robbie" Risner, age 88.

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