Photos: Remembering Coach Paul Dietzel

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  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Paul Dietzel talks about dodging a suicide plane on the way back from a World War II mission. Most LSU fans know of Paul Dietzel the coach and athletic director, but in World War II, he piloted B-29s in bombing runs over Japan, including firebombing Tokyo.

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  • Photo provided by Kleinpeter Photography -- Celebrating 'What's Good in Baton Rouge' at the annual Spring Luncheon at Drusilla Place are honoree Warren Rabb, left, with former LSU coach Paul Dietzel, center, and teammate Billy Cannon.

  • Advocate photo by Pam Bordelon-- Mary Stockwell, left, gets former LSU footall coach Paul Dietzel to sign the Fonville Wynans 1950s black and white photo of Tiger Stadium at the Bengal Belles Volunteer Luncheon.

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  • Paul Dietzel during his coaching days at LSU. (Advocate hard copy file photo)

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  • Advocate file photo -- Then-LSU coach Paul Dietzel watches from the sideline with Billy Cannon during the Tigers' drive to the 1958 national football championship. Dietzel died Tuesday at the age of 89.

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  • Former LSU head football coach and athletic director Paul Dietzel, left, and former Dietzel assistant Charlie McClendon, who would himself become head coach of the LSU Tigers, meet in 1989. Dietzel and McClendon were meeting with players on the 1961 Southeastern Conference championship team that finished 10-1 and beat Colorado int he Orange bowl. (Advocate hard copy file photo)

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  • LSU All American and NFL Hall of Famer Jimmy Taylor, left, and his wife, Helen, visit with head coach Paul Dietzel.

  • Advocate file photo by MARK SALTZ -- Tiger Manor Statues. Former LSU coach Paul Dietzel , left, talks to a crowd of fans as Tiger Manor Condominiums unveils statues honoring the 1958 LSU Football Championship team in Baton Rouge on March 24, 2010. Mickey Mangham, (seated) and Anne Dietzel (wife) are also in the picture.

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  • Advocate file photo by BILL FEIG --- Coach Paul Dietzel waves to the crowd under the banner. The 1958 LSU football team is shown at halftime during an LSU game Saturday Nov. 22, 2008, in Baton Rouge.

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  • Photo provided by the Sugar Bowl -- During the 1959 Sugar Bowl game, Clemson Coach Frank Howard, left, shakes hands with LSU's Paul Dietzel as unidentified onlookers watch.

  • From left, Jeffrey Marx, Paul Dietzel II and Jerry Stovall at the first Bengal Belles luncheon of the season Sept. 5 at the Baton Rouge River Center

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  • Photo provided by LSU Sports Information Department -- A young Bill Smith was a member of LSU Coach Paul Dietzel's football teams in the 1950s. Smith was a kicker and played both offensive and defensive end.

  • Advocate file photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU coach Paul Dietzel in 2008 stands in the corner of the Andonie Museum that is dedicated to the 1958 national championship LSU football team.

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  • FILE - In this Jan. 1, 1959, file photo, LSU coach Paul Dietzel, right, embraces Mickey Mangham in the locker room after they to defeated Clemson 7-0 in the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans. Dietzel, who led the LSU Tigers to their first football national championship, has died at age 89. LSU spokesman Kent Lowe says Dietzel died early Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013, after a brief illness but didn't provide any other details. (AP Photo/File)

  • This Dec. 13, 1958, file photo, shows LSU football coach Paul Dietzel in Baton Rouge. Dietzel, who led the LSU Tigers to their first football national championship, has died at age 89. LSU spokesman Kent Lowe says Dietzel died early Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013, after a brief illness but didn't provide any other details. (AP Photo/File)

  • In this Nov. 8, 2008, file photo, former South Carolina football coach Paul Dietzel, right, tosses the coin as referee Thomas Ritter, left, looks on before the start of the NCAA college football game against Arkansas at Williams Brice Stadium in Columbia, S.C. Dietzel, who led the LSU Tigers to their first football national championship and later coached at Army and South Carolina, has died at age 89. LSU spokesman Kent Lowe says Dietzel died early Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013, after a brief illness but didn't provide any other details.(AP Photo/Mary Ann Chastain)

  • Paul Dietzel accepts the 1958 UPI national football championship trophy from Leo Peterson. That year, Dietzel coached the Tigers to an undefeated season and a victory in the Sugar Bowl.

  • Advocate staff photo by Bill Feig --- Accompanied by his wife, Anne, former LSU coach Paul Dietzel wave to the fans after being recognized at the LSU-Auburn game at Tiger Stadium Saturday Oct. 20, 2007, in Baton Rouge.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Paul dietzel, left, with some of the flight crew. Most LSU fans know of Paul Dietzel the coach and athletic director. But in World War II, he piloted B-29s in bombing runs over Japan, including firebombing Tokyo.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Paul Dietzel shows a photograph of his World War II plane. Most LSU fans know of Dietzel the coach and athletic director. But in World War II, he piloted B-29s in bombing runs over Japan, including firebombing Tokyo.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Young Paul Dietzel when he got his wings. Most LSU fans know of Paul Dietzel the coach and athletic director. But in World War II, he piloted B-29s in bombing runs over Japan, including firebombing Tokyo.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- As wife of 67-years Anne watches, left, Paul Dietzel talks about being stationed in Clovis, N.M., and how the cowboys at the movies on Saturday night would draw their guns and shoot blanks at the ceiling during particular scenes. Most LSU fans know of Paul Dietzel the coach and athletic director. But in World War II, he piloted B-29s in bombing runs over Japan, including firebombing Tokyo.

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  • Photo provided by Miami University Athletics-- The man who coached the LSU Tigers to their first national football championship, Paul Dietzel, right, and wife, Anne, pose in front of his statue, which was unveiled at his alma mater, Miami (Ohio) University's Cradle of Coaches Plaza Oct. 22. Dedicated along with Dietzel's statue was those of Yale University's Carm Cozza and NFL Hall of Famer Weeb Ewbank. Dietzel coached the LSU Tigers from 1955-1961, and served as its athletic director from 1978-1982.

  • Photo provided by Louisiana State University -- From the 1959 issue of Gumbo, the 1958 Tiger coaching staff: Top row, left to right, Abner Wimberly, Raymond Didier, Clarence Strange, Paul Dietzel. Bottom row, George Terry, Bill Peterson, Charles McClendon, Carl Maddox.

  • Advocate file photo by JOHN BOSS --1958 LSU Championship Team Reunion, on Oct. 29, 1988. Members of the 1958 national championship backfield -- halfback Billy Cannon (left), quarterback Warren Rabb and halfback Johnny Robinson, all Baton Rouge natives -- huddle with Paul Dietzel, the 1958 team's coach and former LSU athletic director, at their reunion dinner at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

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