Taps, Present Arms
(Retired) Clyde Malphus, Jr., 78, died March 4, 2008, in Columbus, Georgia.
Clyde entered the Army in 1951
and took his Basic Training at Fort Dix, NJ and Airborne training in
1952. His military assignments included the 508th Parachute Infantry
Regiment, Fort Benning, 1952; 11th Airborne Division, 1955; 101st
Airborne Division, 1956-1958; Caribbean Command, 1958-60; USAMU,
1960-66; Alaska Marksmanship, 1966-69; and Vietnam Sniper Team, 1969-71.
After retiring from the Army,
Clyde was employed
as a civilian gunsmith
in the USAMU Custom Gun Shop from
1981 to 1994.
His craftsmanship as a high-power, long-range
weapons gunsmith earned him numerous Civil Service exceptional
performance and "on the spot" awards
plus the admiration of those who shot rifles built by him.
His awards include the Bronze
Star Medal, Army
Commendation Medal, Good
Conduct Medal, President's
Hundred Tab, and U. S.
Army Distinguished Rifleman Badge.