Ranks of WWII heroes are diminishing
Nearly 1 million troops from Bay State served in WWII; only 35,000 remain
Robert Ware Foster, 93, is among the 1.5 million World War II veterans living in the United States, a population that is rapidly dwindling. In the last year, more than 248,000 World War II veterans have died nationwide, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs. Massachusetts lost about 6,000 of them in the same time period, bringing the population number down to just under 35,000. The last person from his company with whom Foster kept in touch died in April.