dukehjsteve wrote:Cushman I believe is/was MIA in Viet Nam
On September 25, 1966 Captain Clifton E. Cushman was the pilot of the #2 F-105D in a flight of three that was conducting an afternoon combat mission to bomb a railroad bridge.
After pulling off the target, Capt. Cushman radioed that he had been hit by anti-aircraft artillery (AAA) fire and he had a fire warning light. Devil 3 asked if he could steer, Cliff Cushman replied he had "lost his stability, augmentation and aircraft power."
Devil Lead observed 37 mm AAA fire bursting to the left and rear of Devil 2 (Cushman), and told Capt. Cushman to break right. Lead then saw his afterburner light and simultaneous torch of flames coming from the right aft section of Devil 2 (Cushman)'s aircraft. Devil Lead then observed Cushman's aircraft break into several burning parts. He also saw Cliff Cushman's ejection seat arcing up and to the front of the falling wreckage. They could not find the body of Cliff Cushman anywhere. Because of the rough landscape it was nearly impossible for anyone to gain radio control. Cliff Cushman was immediately listed Missing in Action.
On November 6, 1975, Cliff Cushman was officially declared dead.
Surviving family members were spouse Carolyn Cushman and son Colin Cushman.
Grand Forks Central High School named its football stadium after him, Cushman Field.
His wife said after being informed of her husband's status: "Somewhere in Vietnam he's running the biggest race of his life. It's like watching a race in which Cliff is running - only you can't see the finish tape. He's in excellent physical condition. Cliff also has a very deep faith in God. What better combination could there be?" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clifton_Cushman
Here's some more detail on Cushman, who was an AF aviator who lost his life and was declared MIA while serving his country in VN. An American hero to be sure.
I attended the Big Eight Indoor in KC in 1960 and remember seeing Cushman compete. Tall and lanky, he was so towheaded that his hair looked almost perfectly white. So Cushman's primary
event was the 440/400 M intermediate hurdles, but of course that wasn't an indoor event
so as I recall he may have been running either the 600 or 1000 yard event indoors in KC that year ? And I'm thinking outdoors that year in the Big Eight meet he ran the flat 440 finishing
second to Colorado's sensational sophomore football guy Ted Woods and just ahead of another sophomore, my guy Jim Baker from Missouri who came in third.