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Birthdate & Date of Loss

Date of birth: unknown
Date of death: March 19, 1963
Age: unknown

Lucky Bag

1946 Clayton LB.jpg

From the 1946 Lucky Bag:

Edgar James Clayton

Paintsville, Kentucky

Carrying dust from each of four Eastern Midwest states, Ed came to Maryland officially from Kentucky. The Navy will need to offer some strong interests to chase horses and blue grass from his mind. He learned to snooze at Morehead College and never let Navy's academics interfere with his slumber. His skill in baseball and basketball won him sets of numerals for his B-robe. Women? You couldn't call him a "Red Mike," just not interested. Affable and goodnatured, he made many friends here and will surely find many more attracted to him in the future.

The Class of 1946 was graduated in June 1945 due to World War II. The entirety of 2nd class (junior) year was removed from the curriculum.


From Blue Moon over Cuba: Aerial Reconnaissance during the Cuban Missile Crisis:

Cdr Clayton was killed in a night landing accident on March 19, 1963 while trying to land back aboard USS Saratoga (CVA 60) in F8D BuNo 147920.

Unable to find any burial location or memory marker.


Also from Blue Moon over Cuba: Aerial Reconnaissance during the Cuban Missile Crisis:

We "photo weenies" rode the fighter pilots for not being allowed to feet dry over Cuba. They had to circle over the Straits of Florida waiting for us to come feet wet. We called them the "non-combatants." at one happy hour we presented the CO of VF-32, Cdr Ed Clayton, with a set of white coveralls that came complete with a big red cross and and the words "Non-Combatant" across the back. He good-naturedly wore them during the whole party.

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