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Phillip D. Strobridge

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March 2, 1933

On March 2, 1933, Patrol Inspectors Philip D. Strobridge and Harold W. Brown were injured when the government automobile in which they were riding left the highway in a fog near Fallbrook, California. The officers had been detailed to Los Angeles to appear before a Federal Grand Jury and to work information relative to smuggling in aircraft. They encountered heavy fog hampering visibility when they came upon an accident with several injuries.  They were relieved on arrival of Los Angeles County Deputy Sheriffs and resumed their return trip to Elsinore where Inspector Curtis lived. The government automobile left the highway and crashed into a concrete abutment. Brown received severe lacerations on the face and Strobridge suffered a skull fracture. Both were transported to the U.S. Naval Hospital, San Diego, where Strobridge passed away on March 7, 1933.