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George Francis Kerchner, Army Ranger who fought on D-Day

George Francis Kerchner, Army Ranger who fought on D-Day

George Francis Kerchner, a highly decorated Army Ranger who on D-Day successfully led an attack on enemy gun positions that earned him the Distinguished Service Cross, died Friday at his home in Midlothian, Va., of complications from a fall.

He was 93.

The son of a drug company manager and a homemaker, he was born in Baltimore and raised on North Lyndhurst Avenue.

He attended Polytechnic Institute until the 11th grade, when he left school to help support his family. He worked as a soda jerk for Arundel Ice Cream Co., which had been established by an uncle, and later as a security guard for the Pennsylvania Railroad.

Mr. Kerchner enlisted in the Army in 1942, and...

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