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On Memorial Day, remembering California's war dead

William Brooks, 91, center, a World War II veteran who survived a prisoner of war camp in Germany, and Tom Crosby, 78, right, a Navy WWII veteran who survived three years in a Japanese POW camp, salute as the San Diego Young Marines present the colors during the inaugural Memorial Day ceremony at the new Miramar National Cemetery in San Diego.

Memorial Day events across California on Monday will mark the sacrifice of fallen soldiers.
The Times has compiled a collection of stories about the 701 California service members and 474 others based in California who died during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Here are some statistics The Times has compiled about California's war dead from the two wars:
By hometown
By marital status
By gender
By cemetery

Read more about California's war dead here.

--Shelby Grad

Photos: At top, William Brooks, 91, center, a World War II veteran who survived a prisoner of war camp in Germany, and Tom Crosby, 78, right, a Navy World War II veteran who survived three years in a Japanese POW camp, salute as the San Diego Young Marines present the colors during the inaugural Memorial Day ceremony at the new Miramar National Cemetery in San Diego. Tom Bevers, 86, of Ramona, a World War II veteran, pays his repects to his late wife of 65 years, Clara Bevers, before a Memorial Day ceremony at the new Miramar National Cemetery in San Diego. "I've been coming here weekly because I miss her," Bevers said. "It's all I have left ... a visitation." Jackelynn Freund, 8, of San Diego adds flowers -- some of them picked from her garden -- to the flag-bedecked headstone of her grandmother, Navy veteran Jessie Coats, during the Memorial Day ceremony at the new Miramar National Cemetery in San Diego.

(Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times / May 24, 2012)

 

 
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