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John 'Jack' Agnew dies at 88; his World War II unit inspired 'The Dirty Dozen'

Apr 13, 2010 3:00:00 AM - latimes.com
The private first class was part of the Filthy Thirteen, an unofficial, ill-behaved Army unit said to have loosely inspired the novel and the 1967 film starring Lee Marvin.

John "Jack" Agnew, one of the original members of a U.S. Army unit that operated behind enemy lines in World War II and is often credited with having loosely inspired the novel and movie "The Dirty Dozen," died of heart disease Thursday at a hospital in Abington, Pa. He was 88.

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