CLYDE SEILER
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HONORED ON PANEL 28W, LINE 64 OF THE WALL

CLYDE SEILER

WALL NAME

CLYDE SEILER

PANEL / LINE

28W/64

DATE OF BIRTH

05/24/1931

CASUALTY PROVINCE

BIEN HOA

DATE OF CASUALTY

03/27/1969

HOME OF RECORD

AURORA

COUNTY OF RECORD

Arapahoe County

STATE

CO

BRANCH OF SERVICE

AIR FORCE

RANK

MAJ

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR CLYDE SEILER
POSTED ON 6.16.2010
POSTED BY: CLAY MARSTON

IN REMEMBRANCE OF THIS FINE CAREER UNITED STATES AIR FORCE PILOT WHOSE NAME SHALL LIVE FOREVER MORE



MAJOR CLYDE SEILER -



served as a



FORWARD AIR CONTROLLER



with the



120th TACTICAL FIGHTER SQUADRON



a unit of the



COLORADO AIR NATIONAL GUARD



attached to the



35th TACTICAL FIGHTER WING



7th AIR FORCE



of the



UNITED STATES AIR FORCE





Phan Rang, Vietnam - 27 March 1968 -



The F-100 Super Sabre jet fighter-bomber flown by Major Clyde Seiler of Colorado's 120th Tactical Fighter Squadron was shot down by enemy ground fire while he was conducting a strafing mission in support of American forces.



He died in the crash, becoming the first of two pilots from the squadron killed in action during its Vietnam deployment.



Just two months earlier he had set the squadron record of flying its 5,000th combat sortie ( mission ) since the unit arrived in May 1968.



( PHOTO TAKEN ON DAY OF 5000th COMBAT MISSION )



Major Clyde Seiler waves as he leaves the cockpit of his F-100C fighter-bomber having just completed the 120th Tactical Fighter Squadron's 5,000 sortie in January.











YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN



NOR SHALL YOU EVER BE









R E M E M B R A N C E







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The first Air Guard unit to deploy to South Vietnam was Colorado's 120th Tactical Fighter Squadron, which arrived at Phan Rang Air Base, about 25 miles south of Cam Ranh Bay on 3 May 1968.



The unit, assigned to the 35th Tactical Fighter Wing, flew its first combat mission just two days later.



By the end of its 11-month tour, the 120th had set an Air Guard wartime record of 5,905 sorties.



While racking up the record, one of its milestones, the 1,000th sortie, was flown by then Major John L. France, who would later become a USAFR Major General and Colorado Adjutant General and NGAUS President.



Unfortunately the pilot who flew the 5,000th sortie, Major CLYDE SEILER, was killed when his F-100 exploded during a mission shortly before the unit returned home.



Also killed in action, only a few days later, was Captain PERRY HENRY JEFFERSON, the 120th's intelligence officer, who died when his Cessna 0-1 Bird Dog aircraft crashed during a mission.



The 120th later returned to its home base, Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado, and was released on 30 April 1969.





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POSTED ON 8.30.2006

If I should die...remembrances for MAJ. Clyde SEILER, USAF...who made the ultimate sacrifice for us!

If I should die, and leave you here awhile, be not like others, sore undone, who keep long vigils by the silent dust, and weep...for MY sake, turn again to life, and smile...Nerving thy heart, and trembling hand to do something to cxomfort other hearts than thine...Complete these dear, unfinished tasks of mine...and I, perchance, may therein comfort you.
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POSTED ON 12.15.2005
POSTED BY: Bill Nelson

Never Forgotten

FOREVER REMEMBERED

"If you are able, save for them a place inside of you....and save one backward glance when you are leaving for the places they can no longer go.....Be not ashamed to say you loved them....
Take what they have left and what they have taught you with their dying and keep it with your own....And in that time when men decide and feel safe to call the war insane, take one moment to embrace those gentle hero’s you left behind...."

Quote from a letter home by Maj. Michael Davis O'Donnell
KIA 24 March 1970. Distinguished Flying Cross: Shot down and Killed while attempting to rescue 8 fellow soldiers surrounded by attacking enemy forces.

We Nam Brothers pause to give a backward glance, and post this remembrance to you, one of the gentle heros lost to the War in Vietnam:
... and rest forever in the shade of our love, brother.

From your Nam-Band-Of-Brothers
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POSTED ON 9.8.2004
POSTED BY: Robert Sage

We Remember

Clyde is buried at Ft Logan Nat Cem.
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POSTED ON 3.27.2003
POSTED BY: Christopher Stoller

Thank you

Thank you Clyde for the ultimate sacrifices that you gave for our country and me so that we can embrace the freedom that is America today. I thank you again for every thing that you did in the war, and you will always be remembered for your bravery and hardships.
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