Name: Dyke, Clarence Gilbert
Burial Date: 1996, 07/03
Age at Death: 80
Plot Location: 734 G
Notes: husband of Helen Louise(Herndon)
Staff Sgt.,Army Air Corps
T/Sgt. Dyke Receives 2nd Oak Leaf Cluster
Mediterranean Theater of Operations- From Twelfth Air Force Headquarters, today came the announcement that he played in the invasion of Southern France.
Sgt. Dyke is a Crew Chief aboard a C-27 transport plane of a Troop Carrier Group commanded by Colonel John Cerny, of Harrison, Ida.
On D-Day August 15, he flew over the anti-aircraft defended the coast of Southern France in an aircraft that is devoid of protective armor and defensive weapons of any kind, towing a glider ladened with troops and equipment to a landing zone behind enemy coastal defenses on the French Riviera. The mission was carried out in broad daylight at an altitude under 1000 feet and where hostile fire was encountered. Sgt. Dyke’s meritorious achievement called for a high degree of skill and courage and reflects great credit upon the Military service of the United States.
He is the husband of Helen Dyke who resides in Sterling.
The airman has been overseas for more than 26 months. In addition to being awarded the Oak Leaf Cluster to the Air Medal, he is the wearer of The Before Pearl Harbor Ribbon, The Distinguished Flying Cross, The North African Theater Ribbon with four stars, The Asiatic Theater Ribbon with one star, the Good Conduct Ribbon.
He was employed by Rollin Mead, previous to his joining the Army Air Forces.
From the Sterling Kansas Bulletin, November 16, 1944
Freedom is not free. Thank you for your WWII service Staff Sgt, Army Air Corps.
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|Birth:||Oct. 19, 1915|
|Death:||Jul. 1, 1996|
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