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LAST SURVIVOR OF HINDENBURG DIES AT 90

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(CNN) — The last survivor of the Hindenburg airship disaster, Werner Gustav Doehner (shown below) has died from complications of pneumonia.

According to his family, Doehner passed away at a hospital in Laconia, New Hampshire, on November 8.  

Werner Doehner was 8 years old (below) on May 6, 1937, when the infamous
airship went up in flames and crashed in Lakehurst, New Jersey, killing 36
people. Doehner’s sister and father were among them. Sixty-two people
survived.

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Werner G. Doehner

Fifteen storeys tall ... navy crewmen are seen running from the crashing Zeppelin in 1937.
Navy crewmen are seen running from the crashing Zeppelin in 1937.

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An injured survivor of the Hindenburg disaster calmly smokes a
cigarette as he is moved to a hospital from the field at Lakehurst,
New Jersey.

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Another survivor is led away from the burning
gondola of the Hindenburg.

Iconic ... the disaster was captured by waiting photographers, film crews and a radio broadcaster on the ground.

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SIGON AID INCREASED ON THIS DAY IN 1961

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John Fitzgerald Kennedy (May 29, 1917 – November 22, 1963)

President John F. Kennedy decided to increase military aid to South Vietnam without committing U.S. combat troops.

Kennedy was concerned at the advances being made by the communist Viet
Cong, but did not want to become involved in a land war in Vietnam. He
hoped that the military aid would be sufficient to strengthen the Saigon
government and its armed forces against the Viet Cong. Ultimately it was
not, and Kennedy ended up sending additional support in the form of U.S.
military advisors and American helicopter units. By the time of his
assassination in 1963, there were 16,000 U.S. soldiers in South
Vietnam.

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U.S. adviser training Montagnard’s at a fortified camp near Buon Me Thout in central Vietnam.

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