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Lloyd R. Shoemaker, a Salt Lake City native who authored a book on his military-intelligence service in World War II, died Wednesday, August 9, 1995 in Salem, Oregon. He was 74.

Shoemaker was born January 18, 1921 to Myrtle Whitmore and Ray Shoemaker in Salt Lake City, where he grew up.He became a member of the Utah National Guard, which was called into active duty during World War II. Shoemaker first served in the China-Burma-India Theater, where he was a prisoner of war. He escaped and was assigned to the Military Intelligence Service in Alexandria, Virginia. After the war, he became a police officer in Salt Lake City and served as director of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Emergency Services Corps, which conducted rescue operations for the state. He later was an insurance investigator, a building contractor, a rancher and served as the building official for the City of Kalispell, Montana, where he retired in 1982. Upon his retirement, Shoemaker moved to Salem, where he wrote the book "The Escape Factory", published by St. Martin's Press, that detailed our goverment's efforts to assist POW's in Europe during World War II through the Military Intelligence Service, X Section, at Fort Hunt near Alexandria.

Shoemaker was a past member of the Disabled American Veterans and an honorary member of the Stalag Luft III POW Association.

Survived by companion Steven J. Ovens, of Salem; an aunt, Cora Nielsen, of Salt Lake City; numerous cousins.

Two viewings are scheduled, the first will be Sunday from 6-8 p.m. at Larkin Mortuary, 260 East So. Temple, Salt Lake City. The second will be Monday from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at Larkin. Graveside services will be at noon, Monday at Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery, 3401 So. Highland Dr.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Friends of the Air Force Academy Library, P.O. Box 188, U.S. Air Force Academy, CO 80840-0188.

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