MAJ Cleveland "Cleve" Andrew Clark was a VHPA member who died after his tour in Vietnam on 03/02/2000 at the age of 65.1 from Bladder cancer
Mineral Wells, TX
Flight Class 63-3
Date of Birth 01/16/1935
Served in the U.S. Army
Served in Vietnam with 119 AHC in 64-65, C/227 AHB 1 CAV in 67-68
Call sign in Vietnam BIG STUD 6
This information was provided by John Grow, Bob Jorgensen

More detail on this person: Cleveland "Cleve" Clark MINERAL WELLS - Cleveland Andrew "Cleve" Clark, 65, a career soldier, pilot and business manager, died Thursday, March 2, 2000, at a Fort Worth hospital. Funeral: 2 p.m Monday at First Baptist Church in Mineral Wells. Burial: Woodland Park Cemetery. Dr. Mark Bumpus will officiate. Cleveland Clark was born Jan. 16, 1935, in North Carolina. He married Betty Galope May 27, 1990. He joined the Army Infantry in 1955 and attended Airborne and Ranger schools. He rose to the rank of sergeant and served in the 82nd Airborne Division. In 1961, he attended Officers Candidate School and was commissioned a second lieutenant Clark volunteered for and was assigned to Flight School in 1962 and graduated in class 63-3 as an Army Rotary Wing Aviator in 1963. In 1964, Clark was assigned to the 119th Aviation Company in Pleiku, RSV, where he served as a aviator and flight section leader in the Second Flight Platoon in late 1964 aand during 1965. After returning to the States, he served as an Instructor Pilot at Fort Wolters, the Army Primary Helicopter Training Center and School. In 1967, he was assigned to a second tour of duty in Vietnam where he served as an aviator and as a Scout Platoon Commander in Co. B of the 227 Battalion of the First Cavalry Division at An Khe and later at other locations near the North Vietnamese and Laos borders in I Corps. Clark was awarded numerous decorations and medals for his activities during two tours of duty in Vietnam After returning to the States, Clark was again assigned to Fort Wolters where he was responsible for the management of training aids in the Department of Academics. Receiving steady promotions during his military career, he retired in 1975 with the Field Grade Officer rank of Major. Clark was what is referred to with a great deal of respect in the military, a Mustang Officer, one who worked his way up through the ranks and possessed the wisdom of that journey. After retirement, Clark settled in San Antonio, where he opened a small restaurant and bar but found he missed aviation activity. As a result he moved to Alaska where he returned to flying helicopters. In late 1976, he returend to Mineral Wells and went to work for Edo-Aire/Mitchell as a manager of OEM Manufacturing and Delivery Scheduling. In mid-1979, he joined the first management team at S-Tee Corpoation as Manager of Manufacturing where he designed and set up the manufacturing operation which commenced in January 1980. Clark managed manufacturing at S-Tec 19 years until his retirment in 1998 as director of manufacturing. After retirement he continued his work for the company in developing preparations for new product introductions to the manufacturing process. Clark was a life member of the American Legion Post 75 and of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2399. He was a founding member of the National Vietnam War Museum committee and a founding member of the Board of Directors of the Museum. He was a life member of the Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association and a member of the Fort Wolters Chapter of that organization, where he contributed significant time and effort to organizational and community activites. Survivors: Wife, Bretenia "Betty" G. Clark of Mineral Wells; sons, Andrew Clark of El Paso; daughters, Barbara Clark of Paradise; stepson, Bob Davis of Rochester, N.H.; stepdaughter, Evelyn smith of Mineral Wells; mother-in-law, Juliana Galope of Mineral Wells; brother, Jimmy Clark of North Carolina; and three grandchildren. Baum-Carlock-Bumgardner Mineral Wells

Burial information: Woodland Park Cemetery, Mineral Wells, TX

This information was last updated 08/24/2017

Please send additions or corrections to: VHPA Headquarters

Return to the Helicopter Pilot DAT name list

Return to VHPA web site

Date posted on this site: 06/15/2024

Copyright © 1998 - 2024 Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association