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Last WWII Vet serving in U.S. Senate, Frank Lautenberg, passes away at 89

WASHINGTON — Frank Lautenberg, New Jersey’s U.S. Senator and the Senate’s last surviving World War II veteran, has passed away at the age of 89. Reports coming from the nation’s capital confirms that Lautenberg passed away due to complications from viral pneumonia.

frank lautenberg [1]Lautenberg, a lifelong Democrat, served in the U.S. Army Signal Corps and after the war, attended Columbia University. His death marks the last surviving WWII veteran serving in politics today.

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