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Gaston A Declercq (1915 - 1988)

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Gaston A Declercq
1915 - 1988
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July 8, 1915
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February 2, 1988
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Westwood, Bergen County, New Jersey 07675
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Gaston A Declercq was born on July 8, 1915. He died on February 2, 1988 at age 72. We know that Gaston A Declercq had been residing in Westwood, Bergen County, New Jersey 07675.
Updated: October 4, 2011
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Gaston A Declercq died on February 2, 1988 at 72 years of age. He was born on July 8, 1915. There is no information about Gaston's family. We know that Gaston A Declercq had been residing in Westwood, Bergen County, New Jersey 07675.
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In 1915, in the year that Gaston A Declercq was born, the Germans first used poison gas as a weapon at the second Battle of Ypres during World War I. While noxious gases had been used since ancient times, this was the first use of poisonous gas - in this case, lethal chlorine gas - in modern war. Subsequently, the French and British - as well as the United States when they entered World War 1 - developed and used lethal gas in war.

In 1926, at the age of just 11 years old, Gaston was alive when on November 15th, NBC was founded. It was the U.S.'s first major broadcast network. Ownership of the network was split between RCA (a majority partner at 50%), its founding corporate parent General Electric (which owned 30%), and Westinghouse (which owned the remaining 20%).

In 1942, Gaston was 27 years old when from January 7th through April 9th, the Battle of Bataan was fought in the Philippines. At the end of the battle, the U.S. and Filipino forces surrendered and a three-year occupation of the Philippines by Japan began. Between 60,000 and 80,000 American and Filipino soldiers surrendered and were marched around 60 to 69 miles - most were beaten, abused, or killed. Named the Bataan Death March, it was later declared to be a war crime.

In 1960, Gaston was 45 years old when on May 1st, an American CIA U-2 spy plane, piloted by Francis Gary Powers, was shot down by a surface-to-air missile over the Soviet Union. Powers ejected and survived but was captured. The U.S. claimed that the U-2 was a "weather plane" but Powers was convicted in the Soviet Union of espionage. He was released in 1962 after 1 year, 9 months and 10 days in prison.

In 1988, in the year of Gaston A Declercq's passing, on December 21st, Pan Am Flight 103 exploded over Lockerbie Scotland. The explosion killed all 259 people on board and another 11 on the ground. The flight had left Heathrow Airport in London less than an hour before, on its way to New York. After an exhaustive (and long) investigation it came to be believed that two individuals from Libya had planted the bomb.

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