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NY National Guard Releases Names of 3 DUSTOFF Aviators Killed in Tragic Helicopter Accident

The New York National Guard released the identities of three service members killed in a helicopter training accident on Friday, a day after their bodies were recovered and transported by police and fire escort from the crash site. The victims include Chief Warrant Officer Steven Skoda, a 35-year veteran of the Army and the New York …

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Virgil E. Mielke

SAN ANTONIO, Texas—Virgil E. Mielke, 92, passed away Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021, in San Antonio, Texas. Virgil was the seventh of 12 children born to Ernest and Hazel Mielke in Savanna. He graduated from Savanna High School and Northern Illinois Teachers College in DeKalb. He began his teaching career in Mount Carroll before being drafted …

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