Friedrich Adolph, the last surviving sailor
Friedrich Adolph, the last surviving sailor in Uruguay from the famed German battleship Admiral Graf Spee, died Friday, his family said.
Mr. Adolph had been "very sick," according to his grandson, Tobias Friedrich Adolph.
The Graf Spee was considered one of the most sophisticated battleships of its time when it sank off Uruguay's coast at the outset of World War II.
It prowled the South Atlantic, sinking as many as nine Allied merchant ships before warships from Britain and New Zealand tracked it down and damaged it during the Battle of the River Plate, which began Dec. 13, 1939.
The damaged Graf Spee limped into Montevideo harbor, where injured and dead sailors were taken ashore. To prevent it from falling into enemy hands, the ship's German captain dynamited it. The Graf Spee sank a few miles from Montevideo.
The ship has remained for decades in waters less than 30 feet deep. In 2004, a recovery group using a barge with a crane raised a piece of an early radar system called a telemeter from the Graf Spee. In February 2006, they removed a bronze Nazi eagle from the ship's bow.
CHARLES COCHRAN, 71 Pianist, arranger
Charles Cochran, a pianist and arranger who contributed to popular recordings by a number of country music artists, died Thursday of injuries suffered in an automobile accident.
Mr. Cochran was a first-call player and arranger for hit producers Allen Reynolds, "Cowboy" Jack Clement and Garth Fundis, for whom he did session work on records by Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Crystal Gayle and Charley Pride, among others.
Mr. Cochran also worked with some of Nashville's troubadours, including John Prine, Guy Clark and Townes Van Zandt.