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John Wilpers Jr., hero in WWII, dies

Albany native’s Army unit captured Tojo

John Wilpers Jr. and family members hold a photo of Wilpers pointing a gun at Tojo in 1945.
John Wilpers Jr. and family members hold a photo of Wilpers pointing a gun at Tojo in 1945.
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John J. Wilpers Jr., the last surviving member of the U.S. Army intelligence unit that captured former Japanese Prime Minister Hideki Tojo after World War II, has died at 93. Wilpers died Thursday at an assisted living facility near his home in Garrett Park, Md., his son John J. Wilpers III said Monday. The upstate New York native was part of a five-man unit ordered to arrest Tojo at his home in a Tokyo suburb ...


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