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William Chapman Mincher (1921 - 2003)

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William Chapman Mincher
1921 - 2003
Born
April 16, 1921
Death
January 4, 2003
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Augusta, Kennebec County, Maine 04330
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William Chapman Mincher was born on April 16, 1921. He died on January 4, 2003 at 81 years old. We know that William Chapman Mincher had been residing in Augusta, Kennebec County, Maine 04330.
Updated: June 22, 2016
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Maine Veterans' Memorial Cemetery Section Q Row 14 Site 13 Box 916a - Old Belgrade Road, in Augusta, Maine 04330
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Branch of service: Us Marine Corps Rank attained: 1ST LT Wars/Conflicts: World War Ii
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William Chapman Mincher passed away on January 4, 2003 at 81 years of age. he was buried in Maine Veterans' Memorial Cemetery Section Q Row 14 Site 13, Augusta, Maine. He was born on April 16, 1921. We are unaware of information about William's immediate family.
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In 1921, in the year that William Chapman Mincher was born, on November 11th, the first burial was held at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery. The body of an unknown soldier - selected by Army Sgt. Edward F. Younger who was highly decorated for valor and received the Distinguished Service Cross in "The Great War" - was brought back from France (World War 1) and placed in the newly completed tomb. President Warren G. Harding officiated at the interment ceremonies.

In 1938, at the age of 17 years old, William was alive when on October 30th, a Sunday, The Mercury Theatre on the Air broadcast Orson Welles' special Halloween show The War of the World's. A clever take on H.G. Wells' novel, the show began with simulated "breaking news" of an invasion by Martians. Because of the realistic nature of the "news," there was a public outcry the next day, calling for regulation by the FCC. Although the current story is that many were fooled and panicked, in reality very few people were fooled. But the show made Orson Welles' career.

In 1946, by the time he was 25 years old, on July 4th, the Philippines gained independence from the United States. In 1964, Independence Day in the Philippines was moved from July 4th to June 12th at the insistence of nationalists and historians.

In 1964, William was 43 years old when on June 11th, activist Nelson Mandela was sentenced to life imprisonment in South Africa for conspiring to overthrow the state (because of his numerous anti-apartheid activities). He served 27 years in prison.

In 1991, William was 70 years old when on December 25th, the Soviet Union flag was lowered and replaced by the Russian tricolor flag. It was the end of the Soviet Union. Mikhail Gorbachev resigned as President of the Soviet Union and Boris Yeltsin became President of the Russian Republic.

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