Blanton, Clarence Finley, Lt Col

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Colonel
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
1416-Operations Staff Officer
Last AFSC Group
Air Operations
Primary Unit
1967-1968, 1043rd Radar Evaluation Squadron
Service Years
1942 - 1968
Lieutenant Colonel

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Casualty Info
Home Town
El Reno
Last Address

Casualty Date
Mar 11, 1968
Hostile, Died
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
El Reno Post Cemetery - El Reno, Oklahoma
Wall/Plot Coordinates
44E Line 013

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Cold War Medal

 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans MemorialAmerican Battle Monuments Commission
  2012, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2012, American Battle Monuments Commission
  2012, American Battle Monuments Commission

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Navigator Observer (Master)

 Unit Assignments
United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)565th Bombardment Squadron, HeavySchool Assignments714th Bombardment Group, Heavy
US Air Force325th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy3535th Navigator Training Wing830th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
346th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy99th Bombardment Wing, Heavy4138th Strategic WingStrategic Air Command (SAC)
1st Combat Evaluation Group (Combat Skyspot)
  1942-1942, USAAF Flying Training Command
  1944-1944, M 1034, 565th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1944-1944, M 1034, Primary-Basic Navigation School/2700 Student Navigator Course
  1945-1945, M 0142, 714th Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1945-1945, M 0142, 237th Army Air Force Base Unit
  1948-1950, M 0142, 325th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1950-1951, 3535th Navigator Training Wing
  1951-1957, M 1038, 830th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1957-1957, 1521i, 346th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1958-1959, 1416, 99th Bombardment Wing, Heavy
  1960-1962, 1416, 4138th Strategic Wing
  1962-1964, 1416, Strategic Air Command (SAC)/SAC Flying Training Division
  1964-1967, 1416, 1st Combat Evaluation Group (Combat Skyspot)
  1967-1968, 1043rd Radar Evaluation Squadron
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Rhineland Campaign (1944-45)
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-17 Flying Fortress  B-50 Superfortress  B-47 Stratojet  B-52 Stratofortress (Buff)  
  1944-1945, B-17 Flying Fortress
  1953-1954, B-50 Superfortress
  1957-1957, B-47 Stratojet
  1957-1968, B-52 Stratofortress (Buff)
 Additional Information

Last Known Activity
Operations Officer and Controller at Lima Site 85, a clandestine radar site in Northern Laos.

(Continued under You are Remembered)

Special note: Lieutenant Colonel Blanton commanded the RBS function at 1st Combat Evaluation Group in 1966 when I was assigned to the maintenance and special projects division. We had many similar interests in conduct of training mission, both in ECM operations and RBS. He departed Barksdale for his special assignment about a month after I had gone to be NCOIC, Detachment 15, one of 1st Combat Evaluation Group's sites in Vietnam. Detachment 15 was attacked by a force in February,1968 when I was critically wounded and returned to the U.S. for medical attention and rehabilitation.


LT. Colonel Clarence Finley Blanton is listed as Casualty Number 23988 of the Vietnam War.

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