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is honored on Panel 1E, Line 40 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • I'm proud of our Vietnam Veterans

    Posted on 1/6/18 - by Dennis Wriston
    Major Cleveland William Gordon, Served with the 1st Air Commando Squadron, 34th Tactical Air Control Group, 13th Air Force.
  • Air Loss - Fixed Wing

    Posted on 6/29/16 - by
    On January 7, 1964, a B-26B (#44-35207) from 1st Air Commando Squadron crashed ten miles south of Bien Hoa Air Base while on a post-maintenance test flight. Pilot MAJ Cleveland W. Gordon and MAJ Hughie D. Adams died in the crash. [Taken from and the book A-26 Invader Units of World War II by Jim Roeder]
  • January 7, 1964

    Posted on 8/26/15 - by Ronald Azarcon, Major USAF (Ret)
    Hello Cleve, We had only crewed together for a couple of months and didn't bunk in the same hootch, so really didn't get a chance to know each other very well. I never got the opportunity to tell you how much I respected you as an officer and skilled pilot. That day over 50 years ago, when Maj. Adams decided to replace me on the test flight, has been indelibly etched in my mind and has affected so many lives. After a similar accident, a few months later during a demonstration for dignitaries at Hurlburt, the brass finally came to the conclusion that the B-26's were no longer safe to fly and grounded all aircraft in April. The 1st ACS lost 9 pilots and navigators in the 8 months since our arrival in August 1963. Shortly after Vietnam Veterans Memorial was dedicated in 1981, I registered as a contact person for all of our lost crew members. Years later was contacted by a reporter from Pittsburgh who wanted to write an article about you. It was seen by a family member and as a consequence I was contacted by your son Robert. That led to my attending a family reunion in Florida and being hosted by your wife and family. In 1991, my wife and I went to DC for the 10th anniversary of the Wall and I had the privilege of reading your and Maj. Adams names. Won't be too many years before I'll be joining you in aviators heaven, til then check 6.
  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 10/16/13 - by Curt Carter
    Dear Major Cleveland William Gordon, sir

    As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for your sacrifice made on behalf of our wonderful country. The youth of today could gain much by learning of heroes such as yourself, men and women whose courage and heart can never be questioned.

    May God allow you to read this, and may He allow me to someday shake your hand when I get to Heaven to personally thank you. May he also allow my father to find you and shake your hand now to say thank you; for America, and for those who love you.

    With respect, and the best salute a civilian can muster for you, Sir

    Curt Carter
  • For MAJ. Clefveland William GORDON, USAF...another of Pittsburgh's bravest of heroes brave and true!

    Posted on 3/31/12 - by
    He loved us so.
    Every day, in a hundred ways, he told us so.
    In honesty, in affection, he told us so.
    He loved us so.
    Every day, in a hundred ways, he showed us so.
    With loyalty and bravery, he showed us so.
    He was our defender, and he kept us free!
    He took an oath to guard us, and fought for liberty!
    He loved us so, and we should know.
    For we loved him so.
    Major Gordon, you had given all that mortality can give! You sacrificed your life so that freedom and justice may live! that people everywhere shall be free! You flew like the mighty eagle to defend America, and to fight for another man's freedom. Your name and fame are the BIRTHRIGHT of EVERY American citizen! Brave men doing brave deeds for America will be told and retold for years and years to come. You were one brave man who did brave deeds to advance the cause of liberty and justice for all! You had been there and done that! You had lived up to the code of conduct and chivalry of those who guard this beloved ideal SO NOBLE that it arouses a sense of pride, and yet, of humility. I honestly believe that Jill Corey, whom Avonmore (her home town) and Pittsburgh (where she got her start) can claim as one of their own, and whom I admire so greatly as one of my three top favorite songbirds of all time---MUSICAL TOP GUNS, if you will...along with Julie Andrews, who is from England, and Dusty Springfield, who was also from England, but she passed on some year ago, would be very proud of your service to America, and the sacrifices you made to keep our country free! Your bravery in the air will be remembered for years to come. You flew and fought for liberty, Major! Well done, Sir! Be thou at peace. You slipped the surly bonds of Earth...and danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings!
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The Wall of Faces

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