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 9.17.2021
POSTED BY: Sharon Luttikhuizen Moore

ALL THESE YEARS ...

MAJ Cushman, I wore your P.O.W. bracelet all through middle school and still think of you often. Keeping you and your family in my prayers.
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POSTED ON 5.27.2021
POSTED BY: ANON

Never Forgotten

Reading all the remembrances of MAJ Clifton E. Cushman, I just have to say, "Wow." He was a winner, obviously, but also had a lot of character. His letter to the youth after he failed to qualify in 1964...need more people like him. Wish I could have met him.

Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

POW-MIA...Never Forget
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POSTED ON 4.1.2021
POSTED BY: Ben Harrison

Author of "To The Youth of Grand Forks"

Major Cushman; I have been wearing your bracelet since early 1972. I happened to go into a convenience store In Memphis, TN and picked yours from a bin. I have worn it ever since. Actually, I have gone through several bracelets that broke. My current bracelet is stainless steel and have had it since about 1984.
I am so impressed with your letter to the “To The Youth of Grand Forks . . .” and have made reference to it many times, in talking with young people. That letter speaks volumes about who you were and is just as applicable to today’s youth was it was then. It is a great honor for me to wear the bracelet with your name on it. You are a hero.
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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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