Dorthea Merle Steele (1917 - 1987)



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Willamette National Cemetery
Section COL-1 Row A Site 101,
11800 Se Mt. Scott Boulevard, Portland, Or


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Branch of service: Us Navy
Rank attained: M2
Wars/Conflicts: World War Ii, Korea

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1917 - In the year that Dorthea Merle Steele was born, the NHL (National Hockey League) was established as a response to the demise of the National Hockey Association (NHA). The first superstar of the League was "Phantom" Joe Malone of the Montreal Canadiens, a leading scorer with records that still stand. The Canadiens won the NHL championship over the Senators.

1919 - Dorthea was merely 2 years old when the "Black Sox Scandal" rocked baseball fans during the World Series. Eight players on the Chicago White Sox were accused of throwing the World Series, thus allowing the Cincinnati Reds to win, and making money off of the losses. All of the players were found not guilty by a jury but the fallout lasted for decades. The players were banned from baseball even though they were found innocent.

1955 - At the age of 38 years old, Dorthea was alive when on September 30th, movie star James Dean, 24, died in a car accident. He was headed in his new Porsche 550 to a race in Salinas California when, traveling at 85 mph, he collided with a 1950 Ford Tudor, also speeding, driven by a 23 year old college student. Dean died, his passenger and the other driver survived.

1978 - Dorthea was 61 years old when on November 18th, Jim Jones's Peoples Temple followers committed mass suicide in Jonestown, Guyana - where they had moved, from San Francisco, as a group. Jones was the leader of the cult and ordered his followers to drink cyanide-laced punch, which they did. Whole families (women and children included) died - more than 900 people in all.

1987 - In the year of Dorthea Merle Steele's passing, was the first time that a criminal in the United States - a serial rapist - was convicted through the use of DNA evidence.

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Dorthea Merle Steele died on March 24, 1987 at 69 years old. There is no known cause of death for Dorthea. She was buried in Willamette National Cemetery Section COL-1 Row A Site 101, Portland, Or. She was born on July 12, 1917. We are unaware of information about Dorthea's immediate family. We know that Dorthea Merle Steele had been residing in CA.


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