Richard R. Clark



Preferred Name: 
Dick

Nickname/Call Sign:

Date of Birth: May 19, 1931 (June 14, 2016)

Highest Military Grade Held: Colonel

Hometown: Lincoln, NE

Biography

Colonel Dick Clark graduated from the University of Nebraska in 1955 with a BS degree in Electrical Engineering and a commission in the United States Air Force. After flying school, he flew the F-86 in Japan and Hahn, Germany before transferring to the F-100 as a Fighter Instructor Pilot at Luke AFB, Arizona. While there, he was sent to Tuy Hoa, Thailand where he flew 289 combat missions and 492 hours of close air support over South Vietnam from March 1968 through March 1969.

After returning from Vietnam, he again transferred airplanes to the A-37, which he flew out of England AFB, Louisiana. Col Clark’s next assignment was at Edwards AFB, California, where he was the senior test pilot for the A-10 during the A-9/A-10 competition. He then did staff jobs at the A-10 System Management Office at Langley AFB, Virginia, and Air South, NATO in Naples, Italy before becoming Deputy Commander of Maintenance at Moody AFB, Georgia, where he finished his 30 – year career, still flying (the F-4 at this point).

(source: http://obituaries.valdostadailytimes.com/obituary/richard-dick-clark-1931-2016-794361751)

Units Assigned

  • 1963-1966 81st Tactical Fighter Squadron/50th  Tactical Fighter Wing, Hahn AFB, Germany (F-86)
  • 1966-1968 4515th Combat Crew Training Squadron, Luke AFB, AZ (F-86, F-100)
  • 1968-1969 306th Tactical Fighter Squadron/31st Tactical Fighter Wing, Tuy Hoa AB, Vietnam (F-100)
  • England AFB, LA (A-37)
  • Test Pilot, Edwards AFB, CA (A-10)
  • HQ, System Management, Langley AFB, VA (F-4)
  • Air South, Naples, Italy
  • Deputy Commander/Maintenance, Moody AFB, GA (F-4)

Awards & Decorations

 Legion of Merit
 Distinguished Flying Cross
 Bronze Star
 Meritorious Service Medal
 Air Medal
 Air Force Commendation Medal
 Distinguished Presidential Unit Citation
 Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with Valor
 Vietnam Service Medal

Flight Info

F-86
F-100
A-37
A-10
F-4

Military Education

Civilian Education

  • 1955 BS/Electrical Engineering, University of Nebraska

clarkSSS Member Richard (Dick) R. Clark, Col. USAF, (Ret), “Headed West” June 14, 2016

Dick passed away at his residence. He was born on May 19, 1931, in Lincoln, Nebraska to the late Roscoe Armond and Alice Louise Roscow Clark. Col Clark graduated from the University of Nebraska in 1955 with a BS degree in Electrical Engineering and a commission in the United States Air Force. After flying school, he flew the F-86 in Japan and Hahn, Germany before transferring to the F-100 as a Fighter Instructor Pilot at Luke AFB, Arizona. While there, he was sent to Tuy Hoa, Thailand where he flew 289 combat missions and 492 hours of close air support over South Vietnam from March 1968 through March 1969.

After returning from Vietnam, he again transferred airplanes to the A-37, which he flew out of England AFB, Louisiana. Col Clark’s next assignment was at Edwards AFB, California, where he was the senior test pilot for the A-10 during the A-9/A-10 competition. He then did staff jobs at the A-10 System Management Office at Langley AFB, Virginia, and Air South, NATO in Naples, Italy before becoming Deputy Commander of Maintenance at Moody AFB, Georgia, where he finished his 30 – year career, still flying (the F-4 at this point).

During Col Clark’s career he was awarded the Legion of Merit, a Distinguished Flying Cross, the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Medal, the Air Force Commendation Medal, Distinguished Presidential Unit Citation, the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with Valor, and the Vietnam Service Medal, just to name a few.

Upon his retirement, he settled in Valdosta where he was Airport Manager and Director of the Valdosta-Lowndes County Airport Authority. During his almost 11 years working at the Valdosta Airport, he obtained funding for and supervised the construction of a new $5.9M dollar Airline Terminal Complex before retiring in 1998. Col Clark was a member of the Park Avenue United Methodist Church, Military Officer’s Association of America, and the Order of the Daedalians.

Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Jacqueline Clark of Valdosta; two sons and a daughter-in-law, a daughter, Anne Lauren Clark, Col, USAF, of Washington D.C.; and 2 grandchildren.

Services for Col Richard (Dick) Roscoe Clark were held 0n June 21, 2016, in the chapel of the Carson McLane Funeral Home with Rev. David Tart officiating. The committal with military honors took place at the McLane Riverview Memorial Gardens following the service.

Biography

Biography

Colonel Dick Clark graduated from the University of Nebraska in 1955 with a BS degree in Electrical Engineering and a commission in the United States Air Force. After flying school, he flew the F-86 in Japan and Hahn, Germany before transferring to the F-100 as a Fighter Instructor Pilot at Luke AFB, Arizona. While there, he was sent to Tuy Hoa, Thailand where he flew 289 combat missions and 492 hours of close air support over South Vietnam from March 1968 through March 1969.

After returning from Vietnam, he again transferred airplanes to the A-37, which he flew out of England AFB, Louisiana. Col Clark’s next assignment was at Edwards AFB, California, where he was the senior test pilot for the A-10 during the A-9/A-10 competition. He then did staff jobs at the A-10 System Management Office at Langley AFB, Virginia, and Air South, NATO in Naples, Italy before becoming Deputy Commander of Maintenance at Moody AFB, Georgia, where he finished his 30 – year career, still flying (the F-4 at this point).

(source: http://obituaries.valdostadailytimes.com/obituary/richard-dick-clark-1931-2016-794361751)

Units - Education - Awards - Flight Info

Units Assigned

  • 1963-1966 81st Tactical Fighter Squadron/50th  Tactical Fighter Wing, Hahn AFB, Germany (F-86)
  • 1966-1968 4515th Combat Crew Training Squadron, Luke AFB, AZ (F-86, F-100)
  • 1968-1969 306th Tactical Fighter Squadron/31st Tactical Fighter Wing, Tuy Hoa AB, Vietnam (F-100)
  • England AFB, LA (A-37)
  • Test Pilot, Edwards AFB, CA (A-10)
  • HQ, System Management, Langley AFB, VA (F-4)
  • Air South, Naples, Italy
  • Deputy Commander/Maintenance, Moody AFB, GA (F-4)

Awards & Decorations

 Legion of Merit
 Distinguished Flying Cross
 Bronze Star
 Meritorious Service Medal
 Air Medal
 Air Force Commendation Medal
 Distinguished Presidential Unit Citation
 Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with Valor
 Vietnam Service Medal

Flight Info

F-86
F-100
A-37
A-10
F-4

Military Education

Civilian Education

  • 1955 BS/Electrical Engineering, University of Nebraska
Photos
Headed West

clarkSSS Member Richard (Dick) R. Clark, Col. USAF, (Ret), “Headed West” June 14, 2016

Dick passed away at his residence. He was born on May 19, 1931, in Lincoln, Nebraska to the late Roscoe Armond and Alice Louise Roscow Clark. Col Clark graduated from the University of Nebraska in 1955 with a BS degree in Electrical Engineering and a commission in the United States Air Force. After flying school, he flew the F-86 in Japan and Hahn, Germany before transferring to the F-100 as a Fighter Instructor Pilot at Luke AFB, Arizona. While there, he was sent to Tuy Hoa, Thailand where he flew 289 combat missions and 492 hours of close air support over South Vietnam from March 1968 through March 1969.

After returning from Vietnam, he again transferred airplanes to the A-37, which he flew out of England AFB, Louisiana. Col Clark’s next assignment was at Edwards AFB, California, where he was the senior test pilot for the A-10 during the A-9/A-10 competition. He then did staff jobs at the A-10 System Management Office at Langley AFB, Virginia, and Air South, NATO in Naples, Italy before becoming Deputy Commander of Maintenance at Moody AFB, Georgia, where he finished his 30 – year career, still flying (the F-4 at this point).

During Col Clark’s career he was awarded the Legion of Merit, a Distinguished Flying Cross, the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Medal, the Air Force Commendation Medal, Distinguished Presidential Unit Citation, the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with Valor, and the Vietnam Service Medal, just to name a few.

Upon his retirement, he settled in Valdosta where he was Airport Manager and Director of the Valdosta-Lowndes County Airport Authority. During his almost 11 years working at the Valdosta Airport, he obtained funding for and supervised the construction of a new $5.9M dollar Airline Terminal Complex before retiring in 1998. Col Clark was a member of the Park Avenue United Methodist Church, Military Officer’s Association of America, and the Order of the Daedalians.

Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Jacqueline Clark of Valdosta; two sons and a daughter-in-law, a daughter, Anne Lauren Clark, Col, USAF, of Washington D.C.; and 2 grandchildren.

Services for Col Richard (Dick) Roscoe Clark were held 0n June 21, 2016, in the chapel of the Carson McLane Funeral Home with Rev. David Tart officiating. The committal with military honors took place at the McLane Riverview Memorial Gardens following the service.