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Li Guang, one of the last founding Major Generals of PLA, dead at 106. Don't know how many are left, way less than ten (so not as Tuskegee airmen) with the eldest being 107. Three of them died in recent months.

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4 hours ago, drol said:

Li Guang, one of the last founding Major Generals of PLA, dead at 106. Don't know how many are left, way less than ten (so not as Tuskegee airmen) with the eldest being 107. Three of them died in recent months.

the article says there are 6 left and their average age is above hundred.

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6 minutes ago, roaming_comrade said:

the article says there are 6 left and their average age is above hundred.

In a previous article (when another one died last month) all their names and ages were available. None of them had an en wiki page and Li Guang was one of the few to have a zh Wiki page.

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2 minutes ago, arghton said:

Xu Qinxian, 85 (or 86)-year old former major general of the Chinese PL army who refused to use force against demonstrators during tiananmen square apparently dead.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xu_Qinxian

Lost everything and was imprisoned for his stance. R.I.P to a true hero.

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46 minutes ago, arghton said:

Xu Qinxian, 85 (or 86)-year old former major general of the Chinese PL army who refused to use force against demonstrators during tiananmen square apparently dead.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xu_Qinxian

He was hospitalized last year in critical conditions with heart failure and complications from diabetes, but he was still closely watched in the hospital. He was apparently discharged and came back home, though bedridden. He died this morning by choking on food. Will likely get NYT treatment, but no military honours at all. Whereas Tienanment butcher Chi Haotian will get a state funeral. That's life.

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Telegraph death notice for Lt-Cdr Michael Hordern, who has died aged 101.

Local paper discussing his 99th birthday a few years back. Nearly died shortly before this birthday after a mobility scooter crash, after which he had to be airlifted to hospital!

Pretty remarkable life. Served as a Lieutenant Commander of the Fleet during World War II. News to me that Britain had anyone that high up the command chain from WWII still kicking about. Perhaps there are others?

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On 24/10/2020 at 13:08, arghton said:

Some more people I'd keep an eye on:

Chief of the General Staff of Republic of China (Taiwan) Liu Ho-Chien is 94.

https://zh.wikipedia.org/wiki/劉和謙

 

Yugoslav fleet admiral Branko Mamula is 99 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Branko_Mamula

 

Former Sri Lankan General Officer Commanding Cyril Ranatunga is 90

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyril_Ranatunga

 

And former Turkish Chief of General Staff Necdet Ürug is 98 or 99.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Necdet_Üruğ

 

 


Necdet Ürug dead at 100.

Turkish obit.

 

Edit: Died from multiple organ failure as a complication of COVID-19.

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Coloner General Tofig Aghahuseynov, Soviet-Azerbaijani military leader dead at 98.

With a 60-year career in the Soviet and Azerbaijani armies, he was commander in multiple air defense divisions and corps and later a military advisor to the President of Azerbaijan Heydar Aliyev (1923-2003) until his "retirement" in 2002.

Remained active until his death as from 12 September 2017 up until 2021, he was the Head of the Organization for War, Labor, and Armed Forces Veterans’ of the Republic of Azerbaijan – Republican Veterans’ Organization.

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Alive commanders in old conflicts (List of people alive mentioned on the wikipedia pages of these conflicts)

 

Malayan Emergency 1948-1960, Commonwealth forces against Communist forces.

Abdullah CD (b. 1923) Communist forces

 

 

Algerian War 1954-1962, FLN against France against FAF and OAS

Saadi Yacef (b. 1928) FLN

 

 

First Sudanese Civil War 1955-1972, Anglo-Egyptian Sudan against SDF mutineers, ALF and Anyanya.

Joseph Lagu (b. 1931) Anyanya

 

 

Vietnam War 1955-1975, North Vietnam supported by the Soviet Union against South Vietnam supported by USA.

Henry Kissinger (b. 1923) United States, Security Advisor

Trần Thiện Khiêm (b. 1925) South Vietnam

Nguyễn Thị Bình (b. 1928) Viet Cong central committee member

Khieu Samphan (b. 1931) Khmer Rouge, CPNLAF head

 

 

Portugese Colonial War 1961-1974, Portugal against Liberation movements

Otelo Saraiva de Carvalho (b. 1936) Portugese Guinea

Joaquim Chissano (b. 1939) FRELIMO, Mozambique

José Eduardo dos Santos (b. 1942) FAPLA, Angola

 

 

Eritrean War of Independence 1961-1991, ELF and EPLF against Ethiopia

Mengistu Haile Mariam (b. 1937) Leader of Ethiopia 1974-1991

Isaias Afwerki (b. 1946) EPLF leader

Sebhat Ephrem (b. 1951) EPLF commander

Petros Solomon (b. 1951) EPLF commander

 

 

Communist Insurgency in Sarawak 1962-1990, UK and Malaysia against Communist forces

Mahathir Mohamad (b. 1925) Prime Minister of Malaysia

Abdul Taib Mahmud (b. 1936) Chief Minister of Sarawak

Bong Kee Chok (b. 1937) Main leader of the Communist forces

 

 

Rhodesian Bush War 1964-1979, Rhodesia against ZANU, FRELIMO, ANC, ZAPU

Frank Mussell (b. 1932) Rhodesian Air Force commander

 

 

Chadian Civil War 1965-1979, FROLINAT against Chad

Hissène Habré (b. 1942) FROLINAT

Goukouni Oueddei (b. 1944) FROLINAT

 

 

Communist Insurgency in Thailand 1965-1983, Thailand against Communist Party of Thailand

Chavalit Yongchaiyudh (b. 1932) Lieutenant-general

 

 

South African Border War 1966-1990, South Africa against SWAPO

Sam Nujoma (b. 1929) SWAPO leader

Georg Meiring (b. 1939) South Africa Chief of Army

José Eduardo dos Santos (b. 1942) President of Angola, SWAPO's side

 

 

Lebanese Civil War 1975-1990, Lebanese Front and other groups against Lebanese National Movement against Syria against Lebanese Armed Forces and UNIFIL

Michel Aoun (b. 1933) Lebanese Armed Forces

Assem Qanso (b. 1937) Lebanese National Movement

Etienne Saqr (b. 1937) Lebanese Front and other

Gustav Hägglund (b. 1938) UNIFIL

Nahib Berri (b. 1938) Syria's side

Ibrahim Kulaylat (b. 1940) Lebanese National Movement and other

Amine Gemayel (b. 1942) Former President of Lebanon, Lebanese Front and Other

Elias Atallah (b. 1947) Lebanese National Movement and other

Subhi al-Tufayli (b. 1948) Lebanese National Movement and other

Walid Jumblatt (b. 1949) Lebanese National Movement/PSP

Samir Geagea (b. 1952) Lebanese Front and other

 

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Has anyone mentioned on your lists actually died?

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18 minutes ago, drol said:

Has anyone mentioned on your lists actually died?

They usually gain around five more years of life when I mention them

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To be fair, nobody has died lately. 

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Joseph Lagu's wife died of COVID in January, while he survived.

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