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Clyde Malphus, Jr.

Sergerant First Class (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.

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