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2014 Year In Review

Remembering the lives of the most notable personalities lost in 2014

Celebrity Deaths in Military

  • Joseph Shambrey (2015)

    Joseph Shambrey

    By JOHN ROGERS, The Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Clarence E. Huntley Jr. and Joseph Shambrey grew up running track together in the same Los Angeles neighborhood in the 1930s. When World War II broke out, they enlisted in the Army and jumped at the chance to join the all-black group of soldiers known as the Tuskegee Airmen. After the war, they came back home together, married...

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  • Clarence E. Huntley, Jr. (2015)

    Clarence E. Huntley, Jr.

    By JOHN ROGERS, The Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Clarence E. Huntley Jr. and Joseph Shambrey grew up running track together in the same Los Angeles neighborhood in the 1930s. When World War II broke out, they enlisted in the Army and jumped at the chance to join the all-black group of soldiers known as the Tuskegee Airmen. After the war, they came back home together, married...

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  • Lowell Steward (2014)

    Lowell Steward

    CHRISTOPHER WEBER, The Associated PressVENTURA, Calif. (AP) — Lowell Steward, a former member of the Tuskegee Airmen who flew nearly 200 missions over Europe during World War II, has died in California. He was 95.His son Lowell Jr. says Steward died Wednesday of natural causes at a hospital in Ventura.After graduating with a business degree from Santa Barbara College in 1941, Steward joined the...

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  • Ernest Brace, 83 (1931 - 2014)

    Ernest Brace

    By JEFF BARNARD, The Associated Press GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — Ernest Brace, a civilian who was captured during the Vietnam War while flying supplies for the CIA and who later tapped code through a wall to fellow prisoner John McCain, has died. He was 83. Brace died of a pulmonary embolism on Friday in Klamath Falls, Oregon, where he retired in 1989, his family said. "He never wanted...

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  • John T. Downey, 84 (1930 - 2014)

    John T. Downey

    MICHAEL MELIA, The Associated PressHARTFORD, Connecticut (AP) — John T. Downey, a former CIA agent who survived more than 20 years in Chinese prisons during the Cold War before becoming a Connecticut judge, died Monday. He was 84.Downey was diagnosed with cancer a month ago and died at a hospice facility, according to his son, Jack Downey, of Philadelphia.The elder Downey had graduated from...

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