Thursday, February 11, 2010

RIP: Murtha; Wilson

Congressman John Murtha (D-PA), a former Marine who became the first Vietnam veteran to serve in the House of Representatives, died on Feb. 8th from complications related to gallbladder surgery. Murtha had represented his district since 1974. He was 77 years old.

Best known as the character portrayed by Tom Hanks in the movie Charlie Wilson's War and for his efforts to fund the Afghan mujahideen fighting the USSR during the Soviet war in Afghanistan, former congressman Charles Wilson (D-TX) succumbed to cardiopulmonary arrest on Feb. 10th in his native Texas. Wilson was 76 years old.