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Gen. Easterbrook Dies Here of Heart Attack
Gen. Easterbrook Dies Here of Heart Attack
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25 November 2007
Gen. Easterbrook Dies Here of Heart Attack

Gen. Easterbrook Dies Here of Heart Attack

Survivor of World War I air battles, from which he emerged an ace, and later commander of the Santa Ana Air Base during World War II, Brig. Gen. Arthur E. Easterbrook, 57, succumbed to a heart attack Thursday night in Veterans Administration Hospital.
Gen. Easterbrook had been a paraplegic patient since Jan. 21, 1950, when he fell out of an avocado tree after his retirement from active service on August 21, 1946.
Entering the service on Aug. 17, 1917, Gen. Easterbrook was decorated with the Distinguished Service Cross after shooting down five German planes in World War I. He was appointed to the staff of Gen. H. H. (Hap) Arnold, chief of the Army Air Corps during World War II, and later was successively commander of the Air Force Western Training Command and commander of the Santa Ana Air Base.
Gen. Easterbrook was born in Amsterdam, N. Y. His wife, Gertrude, of Santa Ana, will accompany the body to Washington for burial in Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors at 2 p. m. Wednesday. Friends may call at Mottell's Mortuary until noon today.
Mrs. Easterbrook is a sister of Gen. J. Lawton Collins, U. S. Army chief of staff. Surviving in addition to the wife are a son, Arthur, of Santa Ana; brothers, Col. Ernest Easterbrook, Washington, D. C., Wilford and William, both of Seattle.

The Independent (Long Beach, California) - Saturday, July 26, 1952

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