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C. Carwood Lipton, 81, whose World War...


C. Carwood Lipton, 81, whose World War II experiences played a role in the best-selling book and television miniseries Band of Brothers, died Sunday in Southern Pines, N.C.

Band of Brothers author Stephen Ambrose recently told a North Carolina audience that Mr. Lipton was a major source of information for the book.

The HBO miniseries that aired this year focused on the retelling of the U.S. Army's newly formed Easy Company (Company E, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division). By war's end, the company had earned the reputation for being one of the toughest and most dependable outfits in the Army.

Mr. Lipton, along with the rest of the 147-member company, landed in Normandy, liberated French towns from the Nazis, fought in the Battle of the Bulge, stormed the Dachau concentration camp and attacked Hitler's fortified Eagle's Nest.

Gilbert Becaud, 74, a French crooner who also wrote songs that inspired international stars such as Frank Sinatra and Edith Piaf, died yesterday in Paris, his son said.

Along with Charles Aznavour and Guy Beart, Mr. Becaud, known as "Mr. 100,000 volts," was among a group of famous French singers known for booming, dramatic songs during the 1950s.

Ms. Piaf sang his "Je t'ai dans la Peau," and Mr. Sinatra recorded a translation of Becaud's "Et Maintenant" called "What Now, My Love?"

Ulysses Grant Sharp Jr., 95, a retired Navy admiral and former commander of U.S. Pacific forces who became an outspoken critic of American strategy during the Vietnam War, died Dec. 12 at his home in San Diego.

As commander in chief of the Pacific Command in 1964, Admiral Sharp directed the movement of about 450 Navy ships from the West Coast of the United States throughout the Pacific and Far East. He coordinated the military response to a reported North Vietnamese attack in Aug. 1964 on Navy ships in the Gulf of Tonkin. That incident led Congress to give President Lyndon B. Johnson authorization to escalate the war.

He later became frustrated with the U.S. effort in the war, particularly the refusal of the Johnson administration to authorize an expansion of bombing of Hanoi and Haiphong.

Pauline Campanelli, 58, a painter whose super-realist still-lifes were so popular that, among living artists, her sales were rivaled only by those of Andrew Wyeth, died Nov. 29 at her home in Pohatcong, N.J. Her husband, Dan, also a painter, said she died of complications from childhood polio. She had been seriously ill for nearly three years.

Her work seldom was reviewed, and when it was, the reviews generally ran in obscure publications. It was absent from prestigious art museums and expensive galleries. But in the nation's kitchens, living rooms and dining rooms, her precise, loving depictions of household objects were commonplace. Her work recalled the Shakers in its simplicity and spirituality. Her later paintings were characterized by stark white backgrounds.

Hundreds of thousands of her prints were sold through mail-order catalogs, furniture stores and galleries specializing in prints and posters. Sales of her most popular image, Wild Rose Berries, have exceeded 600,000.

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