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Today in World War II History—Sept. 26, 1940 & 1945

Peter Dewey, WWII (Photo: US Office of Strategic Services)

Peter Dewey, WWII (Photo: US Office of Strategic Services)

80 Years Ago—Sept. 26, 1940: Due to Japanese occupation of French Indochina, US extends embargo to ban export of all scrap iron and steel to Japan.

75 Years Ago—Sept. 26, 1945: First US casualty in Vietnam (French Indochina)—OSS (precursor to CIA) officer Lt. Col. Peter Dewey is killed by Viet Minh in Saigon, mistaken for a Frenchman.

Hungarian classical composer Béla Bartók dies of leukemia in New York City, age 64.