The death of Shirley Temple Black at 85 rightly drew attention around the world. She was more than a celebrity for as a little girl she gave a nation hope in her movies during the Depression.
Later she represented the nation well as ambassador to Ghana and Czechoslovakia during the final days of the Evil Empire known as the Soviet Union.
But the death of Arthur Hubbard Sr. at 102 should also draw attention. He was the first American Indian in Arizona's state Senate, where he served 12 years.
But it was about a decade after he left the legislature before Hubbard could publicly disclose his first service to the nation; Hubbard was a Navajo Code Talker, whose coded message in their native language baffled the Japanese and enabled Marine victories in the bloody battles of Saipan, Iwo Jima and Okinawa.
Shirley Temple Black and Sen. Hubbard belonged to what is often called the Greatest Generation, having survived the Depression and won World War II. They are two Americans who rose to the occasion throughout their lives.
We are better for their service.