RANTOUL – A Bronze Star-winning Lincoln's Challenge graduate has died after serving in Afghanistan.
Sgt. Jesse Richard Tilton, 23, of Mount Zion in Macon County, was serving with the 508th Regiment, 82nd Airborne, U.S. Army in Afghanistan.
The third band director in Illinois history has died.
Harry Begian, 89, of Alpena, Mich., died at home on Monday. Visitation will be at the Bannan Funeral Home, Alpena, from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday. Funeral services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday.
A brief timeline of events surrounding the sinking of the USS Indianapolis:
July 26, 1945: Navy cruiser USS Indianapolis delivers first atomic bomb to Pacific island of Tinian, is directed to join battleship USS Idaho at Leyte Gulf in Philippines. Indianapolis sails alone.
A car passed Art Leenerman's car, raced ahead, then pulled over.
The driver got out and saluted as Leenerman passed.
Stenciled on the back of Leenerman's car is the USS Indianapolis, the ship Leenerman was on when it went down from enemy fire in 1945.