TSgt. Louis J. Clever

louis-j-cleverTSgt Louis John Clever was killed in action on 5 February 1969, when the EC-47 aircraft tail number 45-1133, call-sign CAP 72, on which he was serving as an Airborne Morse Systems Operator, was downed by enemy fire over Laos.

TSgt Clever was born in Tarentum, Pennsylvania on 24 July 1936 and graduated from Freeport High School, Freeport, Pennsylvania in 1954.

TSgt Clever enlisted in the U.S. Air Force on 6 July 1955. He completed basic training at Sampson AFB, New York. He spent his first enlistment in the personnel career field assigned to the USAF Hospital, Lackland AFB, Texas. In May 1964, TSGT Clever completed Morse Code training at Keesler AFB, Mississippi and was assigned to the 6910th Security Wing, Darmstadt, Germany. He was reassigned to Det 2, 6994th Security Squadron, Pleiku Air Base, Vietnam in October 1968.

TSgt Clever was posthumously promoted to the grade of Technical Sergeant on 1 June 1969. His awards and decorations include the Distinguished Flying Cross, and Purple Heart (posthumously), Air Medal (1st OLC), Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, and Vietnam Service Medal.

To honor his memory, on 11 November 1987, the 301st Intelligence Squadron, Misawa Air Base, Japan renamed Building 1510 “Clever Memorial Hall”.

TSgt Clever was initially interred in a communal grave at section 81, site 347, Jefferson Barracks Cemetery, St. Louis, Missouri.  However, improved DNA testing procedures allowed his remains to be identified from the rest of the co-mingled remains and on 22 May 2015, TSGT Clever was relocated to a gravesite beside his wife in the Jefferson Barracks Cemetery.  His name is engraved on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall on Panel 33W, line 61.