R.I.P. Clarence E. Huntley Jr. and Joseph Shambrey (Two of the Tuskegee Airmen)

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From AL:

Two members of the Tuskegee Airmen — the famed all-black squadron that flew in World War II — died on the same day. The men, lifelong friends who enlisted together, were 91.

Clarence E. Huntley Jr. and Joseph Shambrey died on Jan. 5 in their Los Angeles homes, relatives said Sunday.

Huntley and Shambrey enlisted in 1942. They were shipped overseas to Italy in 1944 with the 100th Fighter Squadron of the Army Air Force’s 332nd Fighter Group. As mechanics, they kept the combat planes flying.

Huntley serviced P-39, P-47 and P-51 aircraft, and as crew chief was responsible for the plane of the squadron commander, Capt. Andrew D. Turner, said Huntley’s nephew, Craig Huntly of Inglewood. “The life of his pilot was in his hands, and he took that very seriously,” his nephew said.

His concern led Turner to nickname him “Mother,” Huntly said.

In addition to facing danger, the Tuskegee Airmen faced racism.

Shambrey’s son, Tim Shambrey of Altadena, said his father recalled getting off a train in Alabama where a hospitality station was welcoming returning white troops with handshakes and free coffee.

“When he and his buddies came off, dressed in their uniforms, of course they didn’t get any congratulations” and were asked to pay for their coffee, Shambrey said.

They did so.

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9 thoughts on “R.I.P. Clarence E. Huntley Jr. and Joseph Shambrey (Two of the Tuskegee Airmen)

  1. ““When he and his buddies came off, dressed in their uniforms, of course they didn’t get any congratulations” and were asked to pay for their coffee, Shambrey said.

    They did so”——–Why am I not surprised, but still Disgusted with the hypocrisy and bullshi# they had to face both overseas and at “home” in this dang plantation/nation!? Ain’t that about a bitc%!?? The fact that they Paid for their coffee (not to mention put their very Own Lives at risk) to those insecure fukctards at that station just shows a very clear example of their Classiness vs. the Trashiness of the racist losers they must have had to deal with on a darn near consistent basis!!

    R.I.P. Mr. Clarence E. Huntley, Jr. and Joseph Shambrey-and thank you for your wonderful selfless service, as well..

  2. now here are two people you never hear about during black history month and how weird they both died on the same day? may they both rest in peace and may Ahayah strengthen and comfort their relatives and friends

  3. Wow..there have been many stories of deaths about people,but reading about these guys has to be one of the saddest but sweetest stories that I have ever read. Now those are some men who have..and always will have my respect in life. Now that is what you call deep friendship. My heart go out to both of their families.

  4. @Nidotopianwarrior, So true that these men are pretty much glossed over during Black History Month-selective “hero/she-ro worship” by those who instituted this annual event, perhaps?

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