Abramson, Clifford Arnold, MSgt

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Last Rank
Master Sergeant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
27090-Aerospace Operations Control Superintendent
Last AFSC Group
Air Traffic Control
Service Years
1950 - 1970
Enlisted Collar Insignia
Master Sergeant

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Home State
New York
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Year of Birth
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Home Town
Last Address
Spokane, WA

Date of Passing
Jun 10, 2011
Location of Interment
Not Specified
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Joint Chiefs of Staff Air Force Retired

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US Air Force Honorable Discharge

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Clifford Abramson, "Cliff", a longtime resident of Spokane, passed away on June 10 from complications of pneumonia.

Cliff was born on Feb. 9, 1932, in Queens, NY, to Louis and Elizabeth Abramson (Freeman). He joined the Air Force at the age of 18, and during his 20 years of service he was stationed at many different places, including Geiger AFB, Japan, Labrador, England, Thailand and various places around the US. He was proud to have been part of The National Emergency Airborne Command Post under The Joint Chiefs of Staff while at Andrews Air Force Base.

He came to Spokane in the early 1950s and there he met and married Beverley Lundstrom in 1954. Cliff was a self-taught guitar player and enjoyed playing in bands wherever he was living. He never learned to read music, but he could play any song he wanted just by listening to it. He was preceded in death by his wife, Beverley, his parents, his brother Louis, and his sister Joyce.

He was a longtime member of The Shriners' Spokane Lodge 34, Spokane Scottish Rite, and El Katif Shrine.

For many years he enjoyed meeting with a special group of friends for morning coffee to discuss the events of the day. Cliff's favorite hobby in the past few years was going to the casinos and playing the slot machines.

He is survived by his five children: Paul Abramson, Claudia Magnuson (Ed), Laura Green (Roger), Sally Morgan and Janice Abramson. He is also survived by nine grandchildren: Darcie, Kevin, Eric, Michael, Sara, Amanda, Katie, Mark and Kelly; and 12 great grandchildren: Zach, Eva, Josh, Matthew, Lucas, Desirae, Caleb, Dillon, Austin, Abigail, James and Rowan.

Cliff lived with a kidney donated by his daughter Sally for the past seven years. We know he would wish to thank his doctors, who gave him excellent care, including Dr. Wickre, Dr. Stagaman and The Rockwood Clinic Diabetes Dept. We would like to thank the medical team at Sacred Heart, whose compassion was greatly appreciated.

The viewing will be Friday from 4-7 p.m. at the funeral home. A military burial will be held on June 18 at 12:00 in the afternoon at Greenwood Memorial Cemetery. A memorial will be on July 16 at 1 p.m. at the family cabin on Long Lake. Please call 466-9173 or e-mail rlskg@comcast.net for directions.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to The Shiners' Children's Hospital, PO Box 2472, Spokane WA 99210. Please visit Cliff's online tribute and leave a condolence at www.hennesseyfuneralhomes.com. Arrangements by


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Vietnam War
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January / 1960
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August / 1973

Overview of the Vietnam War

Vietnam was the longest war in American history and the most unpopular American war of the 20th century. It resulted in nearly 60,000 American deaths and in an estimated 2 million Vietnamese deaths. Even today, many Americans still ask whether the American effort in Vietnam was a sin, a blunder, a necessary war, or whether it was a noble cause, or an idealistic, if failed, effort to protect the South Vietnamese from totalitarian government.


Between 1945 and 1954, the Vietnamese waged an anti-colonial war against France, which received $2.6 billion in financial support from the United States. The French defeat at the Dien Bien Phu was followed by a peace conference in Geneva. As a result of the conference, Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam received their independence, and Vietnam was temporarily divided between an anti-Communist South and a Communist North. In 1956, South Vietnam, with American backing, refused to hold unification elections. By 1958, Communist-led guerrillas, known as the Viet Cong, had begun to battle the South Vietnamese government.

To support the South's government, the United States sent in 2,000 military advisors--a number that grew to 16,300 in 1963. The military condition deteriorated, and by 1963, South Vietnam had lost the fertile Mekong Delta to the Viet Cong. In 1965, President Lyndon Johnson escalated the war, commencing air strikes on North Vietnam and committing ground forces--which numbered 536,000 in 1968. The 1968 Tet Offensive by the North Vietnamese turned many Americans against the war.

The next president, Richard Nixon, advocated Vietnamization, withdrawing American troops and giving South Vietnam greater responsibility for fighting the war. In 1970, Nixon attempted to slow the flow of North Vietnamese soldiers and supplies into South Vietnam by sending American forces to destroy Communist supply bases in Cambodia. This act violated Cambodian neutrality and provoked antiwar protests on the nation's college campuses.

From 1968 to 1973, efforts were made to end the conflict through diplomacy. In January 1973, an agreement was reached; U.S. forces were withdrawn from Vietnam, and U.S. prisoners of war were released. In April 1975, South Vietnam surrendered to the North, and Vietnam was reunited.


1. The Vietnam War cost the United States 58,000 lives and 350,000 casualties. It also resulted in between one and two million Vietnamese deaths.

2. Congress enacted the War Powers Act in 1973, requiring the president to receive explicit Congressional approval before committing American forces overseas.
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January / 1961
To Month/Year
August / 1973
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Mar 16, 2020
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