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Celestine Wyrick was a football star at UCLA, he had a wife and 2 children.
On the circumstances of his tragic death:
War finally ended in Europe when Germany surrendered. Combat cameramen were then assigned to document the devastation, the German atrocities and the surrendering of the enemy.
'Slats' Wyrick was in northern Italy to cover the marshalling yards in Bolzano, a primary target for our bombers.
He was a cinematographers and Slats climbed up on one of the standing freight cars to get a sweeping panoramic view of the devastation.
He straightened up and hit a still live 22,000 volt line. Slats was killed one day after the war ended! What a tragedy! He was well liked by everyone in the 1st CCU.





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