Famous People Killed in Action

Famous People Killed in Action

List of Deaths from Killed in Action

  • 0045-03-17 BC Titus Labienus, Roman leader (Lieutenant of Julius Caesar who later opposed him), killed in the Battle of Munda
  • 0238-04-12 Gordian II, Roman co-Emperor with his father Gordian I, killed in battle at Carthage
  • 0732-10-10 Abdul Rahman Al Ghafiqi, Arab Tihamite Governor of Andalusia, killed in combat at the Battle of Tours
  • 0887-09-18 Pietro I Candiano, Doge of Venice (killed in battle)
  • 1040-08-14 King Duncan I of Scotland, killed in battle at ca. 39 years
  • 1094-11-12 King Duncan II of Scotland, killed in battle after reigning for 7 months (b. 1060)
  • 1265-08-04 Hugh le Despencer, 1st Baron le Despencer, killed in the Battle of Evesham (b. 1223)
  • 1346-08-26 Charles II of Alençon, killed in the Battle of Crécy (b. 1297)
  • 1346-08-26 Rudolph, Duke of Lorraine, killed in the Battle of Crécy (b. 1320)
  • 1362-04-06 Jacques de Bourbon, count of Marche, killed in battle
  • 1421-03-22 Thomas of Lancaster, 1st Duke of Clarence, second son of Henry IV of England (killed in battle) (b. 1388)
  • 1453-07-17 John Talbot, 1st Earl of Shrewsbury, English nobleman and military leader during the Hundred Years' War, killed in battle at 65 or 66 in the Battle of Castillon when his horse was fatally struck by an artillery shell and fell on top of him pinning him to the ground and allowing a French soldier to finish him off with a battleaxe
  • 1455-05-22 Henry Percy, 2nd Earl of Northumberland, English politician (killed in battle)
  • 1455-05-22 Edmund Beaufort, 2nd Duke of Somerset, English commander (killed in battle) (b. 1406)
  • 1460-12-30 Richard Plantagenet, 3rd Duke of York, claimant to the English throne killed in Battle of Wakefield at 49 (b. 1411)
  • 1476-12-14 Vlad III the Impaler, Wallachian prince, killed in battle at 45
  • 1488-06-11 James III, King of Scots (1460-88), killed in battle or assassinated soon after at Milltown near Bannockburn at 36
  • 1507-03-12 Cesare Borgia, Duke of Valentinois, Italian aristocrat and illegitimate son of Pope Alexander VI, killed in a battle at 31
  • 1511-08-02 Andrew Barton, Scottish sailor and privateer, killed in a battle at sea
  • 1513-09-09 James IV, King of Scotland (1488-1513), killed in the Battle of Flodden at 40
  • 1559-03-23 Emperor Gelawdewos of Ethiopia (killed in battle) (b. 1521/1522)
  • 1644-07-02 William Gascoigne, English astronomer and mathematician (introduced telescopic sights), is killed in the Battle of Marston Moor at 24
  • 1653-08-10 Maarten Tromp, Dutch admiral (Eighty Years' War, First Anglo-Dutch War), killed in the Battle of Scheveningen by a sharpshooter at 55
  • 1775-06-17 Major John Pitcairn, British marine (killed in battle) (b. 1722)
  • 1782-08-27 John Laurens, American soldier, diplomat and abolitionist, killed in battle at 27
  • 1798-08-01 François-Paul Brueys D'Aigalliers, French admiral (killed in battle) (b. 1753)
  • 1812-08-01 Yakov Kulnev, Russian general (killed in battle) (b. 1763)
  • 1813-05-01 Jean-Baptiste Bessières, French marshal (killed in combat) (b. 1768)
  • 1815-06-18 Thomas Picton, British general (killed in battle) (b. 1758)
  • 1849-07-31 Sándor Petőfi, Hungarian poet (A virágnak megtiltani nem lehet - You Cannot Forbid the Flower), and revolutionary, last seen alive at the Battle of Segesvár (Transylvania), presumed killed in action at 26
  • 1863-09-20 William Haines Lytle, US politician, poet and Brigadier General (Union Army), killed in action during the American Civil War at 36
  • 1864-05-12 J.E.B. Stuart [James Ewell Brown "Jeb" Stuart], Confederate General in the American Civil War, killed in action at 31
  • 1864-06-14 Leonidas Polk, Lt. Gen. (Confederate Army), killed in action in Battle of Pine Mt at 58
  • 1864-07-22 William H. T. Walker, American Major General (Confederate Army), killed in action at 47 during the Atlanta Campaign
  • 1864-10-26 William T. Anderson [Bloody Bill], American Civil War Pro-Confederate rebel guerrilla leader (Lawrence Massacre, Centralia Massacre), killed in battle by union troops at 23 or 24
  • 1865-04-02 A. P. Hill, Confederate general, killed in action at 39
  • 1865-04-06 Colonel Reuben B Boston, US Confederate cavalry, killed in action during Battle of High Bridge in Farmville, Virginia at 30
  • 1868-08-10 Hadzhi Dimitar, Bulgarian military leader and revolutionary who fought against Ottoman rule, killed in battle at 28
  • 1879-06-01 Napoléon IV, Prince Imperial, Head of the House of Bonaparte (1873-79), killed in action during the Anglo-Zulu war at 23
  • 1901-10-30 George Elliott Benson, British Army officer, killed in battle Battle at Bakenlaagte, South Africa at 40
  • 1902-01-04 Jacobus ".Koot" Opperman, South African Boer general, killed in Battle of Onverwacht, South Africa at 40
  • 1915-05-09 François Faber, Luxembourgian cyclist (Tour de France 1909), killed in action by gunshot wounds at 28
  • 1915-05-09 Anthony Wilding, New Zealand tennis player (Wimbledon 1910-13), killed in action on the Western Front at 31
  • 1918-11-04 Wilfred Owen, English soldier and anti-war poet (Anthem for Doomed Youth, Futility), killed in action at 25 during the crossing of the Sambre–Oise Canal, exactly one week before the signing of the Armistice
  • 1940-08-17 Billy Fiske, US RAF-pilot/2nd lieutenant and 1st American serviceman killed in action in World War II, dies at 29
  • 1941-10-26 Arkady Gaidar, Russian Soviet children's writer, killed in combat at 37
  • 1941-12-10 Colin Kelly, American B-17 Flying Fortress pilot and 1st US air hero during WW II, killed in action at 26 after ordering his crew to bail out shortly before his bomber exploded
  • 1942-06-10 Ross Gregory, Australian cricketer (Australian batsman 1937), killed in action at 26
  • 1942-06-12 Walter Leigh, British composer (The Frogs of Aristophanes), killed in action near Tobruk, Libya while serving in British Army, at 36
  • 1943-04-18 Isoroku Yamamoto, Japanese World War II Marshall Admiral and Commander-in-Chief of the Japanese fleet who led the attack on Pearl Harbor, killed in action at 59 by a US ambush after the "Magic" code-breaking team intercepted and decoded his flight plan
  • 1944-06-29 Chick Henderson [Henderson Rowntree], British dance band vocalist (Joe Loss Orchestra - "Begin the Beguine"), killed in action while serving in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, at 31
  • 1944-08-12 Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr., brother of President John F. Kennedy, killed in action in plane explosion over Blythburgh, East Suffolk, England at 29
  • 1944-09-18 Anthony Stefanich, British boxer and Army captain, killed in battle at Arnhem, Netherlands at 27
  • 1944-09-19 Guy Gibson, British aviator who led the Dambusters Raid (Victoria Cross), killed in action at 26
  • 1945-02-19 John Basilone, American Marine (Medal of Honor at the Battle for Henderson Field), is killed in action at Iwo Jima at 26
  • 1945-03-24 (Jevon) "Jeff" Nicklin, Canadian CFL football player,1934-40 (Winnipeg Blue Bombers), and Army paratrooper officer killed in action at 30
  • 1945-03-31 Maurice Rose, 1st US general in Nazi Germany, killed in action at 45
  • 1959-07-08 US Army Maj. Dale Buis & MSgt. Chester Ovnand killed in Viet Cong attack, becoming the first and second Americans killed in combat in the Vietnam War
  • 1970-07-21 Bob Kalsu, American NFL football player, 1968 (Buffalo Bills), and US Army officer, killed in action in Vietnam at 25
  • 1993-10-03 Sgt. First Class Randy Shughart, American soldier and Medal of Honor recipient, killed in action at the Battle of Mogadishu in Somalia at 35
  • 1993-10-03 Master Sgt. Gary Gordon, Medal of Honor recipient, killed in action at the Battle of Mogadishu in Somalia at 33
  • 2004-04-22 Pat Tillman, American football player & U.S. Army Ranger, killed in action at 27