Deaths Elsewhere


Yukio Okutsu,

81, who was awarded the Medal of Honor 55 years after single-handedly wiping out three German machine-gun positions in the battle for an Italian hill during World War II, died Aug. 24 in Hilo, Hawaii, of cancer.

On April 7, 1945, Mr. Okutsu's platoon in the Japanese-American 442nd Regimental Combat Team was halted by machine-gun crossfire during the fighting for Mount Belvedere, astride the road leading north to Bologna. He crawled to within 30 yards of one enemy emplacement and killed its three gunners by hurling two hand grenades. He dashed to the second position and threw another grenade, wounding two Germans and capturing two others. After being stunned by rifle fire glancing off his helmet, he charged several enemy riflemen with his submachine gun, forcing them to withdraw. Then he rushed the remaining machine-gun position and captured its crew of four, enabling his platoon to continue its assault.

He received the Distinguished Service Cross, the Army's second-highest award for bravery. In 1996, Congress directed the Army to review the World War II records of highly decorated servicemen of Asian descent to see if bias had deprived them of the Medal of Honor, the highest award for valor. Mr. Okutsu was one of 22 soldiers who received the medal as a result of the review.

James Bambrick,

86, a labor relations expert who wrote 16 books and more than 100 articles on the subject, died Thursday in Cleveland. He was a former personnel manager for Standard Oil Co. (Ohio) and taught at New York, John Carroll and Cleveland State universities.

Mr. Bambrick moved to Cleveland in 1958 to work as a labor economist for Standard Oil. He handled labor relations during construction of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline without any work stoppages. He left the company in 1981 and became executive director of the Labor Economics Institute.

Qiao Jinling,

who built a fortune selling industrial diamonds and was ranked by Forbes magazine as one of China's richest businessmen, died Sept. 7, at his home in the city of Changge in the central province of Henan. His age is uncertain; Forbes said he was 53 in 2001, but a biography on his company's Web site said he was 52.

The circumstances of his death were under investigation. Forbes ranked Mr. Qiao in 2001 as China's 72nd-richest man, with a fortune estimated at $85 million.

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