Brown, Clyde, SSgt

Communications Systems
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Current Service Status
USAF Veteran
Current/Last Rank
Staff Sergeant
Current/Last Primary AFSC/MOS
29372C-Airborne Radio Communications Technician
Current/Last AFSC Group
Communications Systems
Primary Unit
1968-1969, 29372, 31st Communications Squadron
Previously Held AFSC/MOS
99000-Basic Airman
29231-Apprentice Morse Intercept Operator
29330-Apprentice Ground Radio Operator
29251-Morse Intercept Operator
29350-Ground Radio Operator
29350E-Ground Radio Operator
29352C-Airborne Radio Operator
29372-Airborne Radio and Flight Inspection Technician
Service Years
1956 - 1969
Foreign Language(s)
Official/Unofficial US Air Force Certificates
Cold War Certificate
Cuban Missile Crisis
Staff Sergeant

 Official Badges 

Missileman (Basic)

 Unofficial Badges 

Cold War Medal KC-135 2000 Hour

 Military Association Memberships
Air Force Together We ServedAir Force Communicators & Air Traffic Controllers AssociationVeterans of the Vietnam WarPost 454, John H. Kraus Post
Post 635Air Force Memorial (AFM)
  2009, Air Force Together We Served [Verified]
  2010, Air Force Communicators & Air Traffic Controllers Association
  2013, Veterans of the Vietnam War
  2014, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW), Post 454, John H. Kraus Post (Member) (Bloomington, Illinois) - Chap. Page
  2014, American Legion, Post 635 (Deceased Member (Honor Roll)) (Normal, Illinois) - Chap. Page
  2015, Air Force Memorial (AFM) [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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  1963-1965, 29350, 1978th Communications Group

Airman 1st Class
From Month/Year
January / 1963
To Month/Year
August / 1965
1978th Communications Group Unit Page
Airman 1st Class
29350-Ground Radio Operator
Albrook AFB
 1978th Communications Group Details

1978th Communications Group
Combat - Communications
Parent Unit
Communications Units
Created/Owned By
Not Specified

Last Updated: Nov 11, 2019
Memories For This Unit

Best Friends
MSgt Ray Clark, TSgt Roy Joyner, A1C John A. Marshall, A1C Arthur E. Campbell, TSgt Robert L Personius, TSgt Emil E Wilson, TSgt Leonard B Gelhausen, SSgt John E Nagy, SSgt George R Spencer, A1C Richard L Edinger, A1C Joseph W Ezzell, ans A2C Thomas A Senko

Best Moment
Member of Project Blue Baron until June 1963.


Chain of Command
TSgt Joyner (NCOIC Mission Radio System), Msgt Clark(NCOIC Military Affiliated Radio System/MARS), 1st Lt. Madelon L. Morner (Chief of Telecommunications), Captain Marie D Yunker, Administration Officer, Major James T. Witt, Group Maintenance Officer) and Colonel Stephenson (Squadron Commanding Officer).

Other Memories
February, 1963 assigned duties as Radio Operator, Military Affiliated Radio System (MARS) while awaiting assignment for Project Blue Baron.
March 19, 1963 additionally assigned as Radio Operator, Mission Radio Systems (concurrent with MARS assignment), while awaiting assignment for Project Blue Baron.
April 1963, assigned Primary Radio Operator aboard converted former Naval 63-foot Q-Boat (concurrent with MARS and MRS assignments), to be used as recreational watercraft by CINC, Southern Command.
May 1963 voluntarily removed from Project Blue Baron, and approval granted to bring Family to Panama Canal Zone.
Family arrived early June, 1963.
Transferred to 1978th AFCS Group in July 1963, due to cancellation of my assignment to Project Blue Baron.
November 23, 1963 at 1PM CST, after being advised by an incoming aircraft pilot there was a news item on Voice of America that my Commander might want to hear, I phone- patched the broadcast (by Walter Kronkite of CBS Radio), that President Kennedy had been shot in Dallas. My Commanding Officer, Colonel Dudley W Stevenson, listened until 5PM, the decided he had heard enough and gave me permission to terminate the patch.
January 19, 1964 family was returned to CONUS, due to riots (January 9, 1964)caused of a confrontation between high school students of the Canal Zone and the Panama, over which country flag would be flown at the Canal Zone school.
June 1964, family returned to Canal Zone with the assignment of Base Housing at Howard AFB.
August 9, 1964 assigned 20-day TDY to Tarapoto, Peru, Radio Operator in support of search and rescue attempt for son of Vice-President of Peru, who, along with his helicopter pilot and two other surveyors, were lost in the crash of their helicopter in the jungles of the Andes Mountains. (No individuals were found during this mission). Others on mission included Major Robert W Griswold, Commanding; Tsgt Williams D. Stuckey, NCOIC; SSgt Clarence R Caudell, Color Photographer; and Allan L ClintonB/W Photographer. Joined by EMT TSgt "Red" from Air CommandoCommand - assisting.
April 6, 1965 assigned duties as Air Traffic Controller for Albrook Airways.
May 26, 1965 assigned 10-day TDY to Asuncion, Paraguay and Rio de Janerio, Brazil, as member of Operational Control team in support of CONUS aircraft movement (support for Organization of American States - OAS - aircraft responding to uprising in Dominican Republic). At end of troop movement assignment, reassigned to support communications for the NASA Gemini IV mission.
June 22, 1965 assigned 7-day TDY to Asuncion, Paraguay to provide communications for CINCSOUTH Movement Control Team (MGT).
Aust 12, 1965 assigned 25-day TDY to Rio de Janerio, Brazil, in support of NASA Gemini V mission. Captain Harvie L Stringer, Commanding; MSgt William A Bates, NCOIC; SSgt Darrell W Jacox, Administrative NCO; SSgt Marion L Swanson, Senior Radio Operator; A1C Clyde I Brown, Radio Operator.
October 15, 1965 assigned 20-day TDY to capitals of all South American countries, to coordinate Notifications To Airmen (NOTAM) matters for the establishment of Central NOTAM facilities for US Southern Command. 1stLt Carlton J Sheperd, Commanding; MSgt William W Hole, NCOIC; A1C Clyde I Brown, ICAO Coordinator.

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