CLIFTON E CUSHMAN
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HONORED ON PANEL 11E, LINE 13 OF THE WALL

CLIFTON EMMET CUSHMAN

WALL NAME

CLIFTON E CUSHMAN

PANEL / LINE

11E/13

DATE OF BIRTH

06/02/1938

CASUALTY PROVINCE

NZ

DATE OF CASUALTY

09/25/1966

HOME OF RECORD

GRAND FORKS

COUNTY OF RECORD

Grand Forks County

STATE

ND

BRANCH OF SERVICE

AIR FORCE

RANK

MAJ

STATUS

MIA

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR CLIFTON EMMET CUSHMAN
POSTED ON 11.24.2019
POSTED BY: Beverly Kai

Love of Country

Cliff received Air Force orders to go to war. He was a world-class athlete pursuing a gold medal. Orders could be changed. He could spend his time training for the next Olympics. He chose duty over personal glory and went to Vietnam. Mere weeks later he was shot down. No impact was seen so he was declared "missing". His name is now on the Vietnam Memorial wall in DC...the shrine to the dead. He left a young wife and a two month old son.
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POSTED ON 9.25.2019
POSTED BY: A Grateful Vietnam Veteran

Silver Star Medal Award

Clifton Emmet Cushman

DATE OF BIRTH: June 2, 1938
PLACE OF BIRTH:
Cedarville, Michigan
HOME OF RECORD:
Grand Forks, North Dakota

Clifton Cushman competed for the United States in the 1960 Summer Olympics held in Rome, Italy, in the 400 meter hurdles where he won the silver medal. Grand Forks Central High School named its football stadium after him, Cushman Field. His picture is displayed in GFC's gymnasium, and his name is mentioned in almost every Hall of Fame cabinet. There are still records to be broken at GFC that Clifton Emmet "Cliff" Cushman set over 50 years ago.

Silver Star
AWARDED FOR ACTIONS
DURING Vietnam War
Service: Air Force
Rank: Captain
Division: Korat Royal Thai Air Base, Thailand
GENERAL ORDERS:
Headquarters, 7th Air Force, Special Order G-954 (November 5, 1966)
CITATION:
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918 (amended by an act of July 25, 1963), takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Captain Clifton Emmet Cushman (AFSN: FR-77354), United States Air Force, for gallantry in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force while serving with the 469th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Korat Royal Thai Air Base, Thailand, over North Vietnam on 25 September 1966. On that date, Captain Cushman was a member of a flight of F-105's assigned the task of suppressing the flak in and near a vital North Vietnamese target, located on the Northeast Rail Line. While flying through two extremely heavy and accurate anti-aircraft barrages, he reached the target area and commenced his attack. He courageously continued his attack and completely destroyed his target, which contributed immeasurably to the success of his mission. By his gallantry and devotion to duty, Captain Cushman has reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Forces.
See https://valor.militarytimes.com/hero/46504
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POSTED ON 9.25.2019
POSTED BY: A Grateful Vietnam Veteran

Distinguished Flying Cross Award

Distinguished Flying Cross Citation

Awarded posthumously for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 2, 1926, takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross (Posthumously) to Captain Clifton Emmet Cushman, United States Air Force, for heroism while participating in aerial flight as a F-105 Pilot over North Vietnam on 18 September 1966. On that date, Captain Cushman was a member of a flight of F-105's assigned to destroy a vital petroleum products storage area located 30 miles northeast of Hanoi, North Vietnam.

Despite extremely accurate and heavy anti-aircraft fire, reduced visibility, and strong threats from several SA-2 surface-to-air missile sites, he delivered his high explosive ordnance into the center of the area causing extensive destruction. The outstanding heroism and selfless devotion to duty displayed by Captain Cushman reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.
Action Date: September 18, 1966
Service: Air Force
Rank: Captain
See https://airforce.togetherweserved.com/usaf/servlet/tws.webapp.WebApp?cmd=ShadowBoxProfile&type=Person&ID=79971
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POSTED ON 4.25.2019
POSTED BY: Elizabeth Wolfe Jackson

Remembering you always!

Major Cushman,sir! I have been wearing your bracelet since I was in the 7th grade. I was only 7 yrs old when you were shot down. I still pray that you will be brought home! Thank you for your service! Salute!!!!
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POSTED ON 6.2.2018
POSTED BY: Dennis Wriston

I'm proud of our Vietnam Veterans

Major Clifton Emmet Cushman, Served with the 469th Tactical Fighter Squadron, 388th Tactical Fighter Wing, 7th Air Force.
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