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CLIFTON EMMET CUSHMAN


is honored on Panel 11E, Line 13 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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REMEMBRANCES

  • bracelet

    Posted on 9/14/17 - by diane r siedlecki dsiedlecki@lifespan.org
    i wore your pow bracelet for years until i went though my general surgery rotation in medical school(1981) . i had to choose safety / potential infection over my need to hold you close. i even ticked off a friend because i wore it in her wedding.
    i went to georgetown med school so i was there when the vietnam memorial was unveiled. i looked for you, found you and visit you every time i go back. i hope to take my granddaughter to see you. you were a very important part of my young adulthood and brought me closer to my dad. he was retired army. by the way i always assumed you were african american...from the east coast...boy was i wrong. the best to your family..God bless them and you...and God bless America. your heart, always , diane
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  • Just about the nicest fellow I've met in my eighty years. This country lost a fine man, what a shame

    Posted on 7/5/17 - by Stewart Orvik terribleorv@gmail.com
    I would often see Cliff at the track meets we both competed in in North Dakota.
    What a guy, just about the most outgoing, helpful, nicest, person you'd ever meet.
    With a great big smile, he would actually give tips to his opponents on how to hurdle.
    I tell you there was something magnetic about the guy and, had he lived he would have become nationally known as a politician, for which he was ideally suited. Combine JFK and Bill Clinton, and you have what I think he would have become. I could go on, but It's enough to say no one who ever met Cliff ever forgot meeting him.
    I'm sure of it.
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  • Maj Clifton Cushman

    Posted on 5/24/17 - by Denise Saunders
    I did not know him but have had his POW MIA KIA bracelet since 1970. I would very much like to contact his family and get the bracelet to them
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  • a real hero to all of us

    Posted on 10/26/15
    His father and mine were on the UND faculty, so our families were friends, although I was many years younger. We used to see him running along the railroad tracks by our house on First Ave North, training for his track career. He was a role model, first in athletics and then in his heroic service to his country.
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  • Final Mission of CAPT Clifton E. Cushman

    Posted on 6/27/15 - by wkillian@smjuhsd.org
    On September 25, 1966, CAPT Clifton E. Cushman was the pilot of an F-105 in a flight of three aircraft on a mission over North Vietnam. His aircraft was hit by hostile fire and broke into pieces. His ejection seat appeared to come out of the debris and a beeper was heard but no chute was seen. In April 1972 a U.S. Air Force interrogator debriefed a former member of the Vietnam People's Army who stated that he saw a pilot land in the area where Cushman was reported to have landed. The airman was bleeding heavily from a head wound. He later died and his body was buried by villagers. This report was initially correlated by the Defense Intelligence Agency to a different incident but in August 1981 was reevaluated and correlated to a sighting of CAPT Cushman. Information was received by the U.S. Government that a French news agency had specifically referenced Cushman by name as having been killed but no news article with such information could ever be located. CAPT Cushman was initially reported missing in action and later declared dead/body not recovered. He was not seen alive in the northern Vietnamese prison system by returning U.S. POWs. In November 1989 Vietnamese officials stated that Cushman died in the crash of his aircraft. In April 1992 the Joint Casualty Resolution Center heard from witnesses in Lang Son Province that
    Cushman died of a bullet wound after landing. His remains were buried and the burial site was later washed away. [Taken from pownetwork.org]
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