Lucas, Clyde Austin, SP 5

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Last Rank
Specialist 5
Last Service Branch
Engineer Corps
Last Primary MOS
82B20-Construction Surveyor
Last MOS Group
Engineer Corps (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1967-1969, 82B20, HHC, 84th Engineer Battalion
Service Years
1966 - 1969

Specialist 5

Four Overseas Service Bars

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This Military Service Page was created/owned by SP 6 Gary McJimsey to remember Lucas, Clyde Austin, SP 5.

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
Mendocino, California

Casualty Date
Mar 26, 1969
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Other Explosive Device
Phu Yen (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Hillcrest Cemetery - Mendocino, California
Wall/Plot Coordinates
28W 049

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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1966, Basic Training (Fort Lewis, WA)
  1967, 2nd Battalion, 1st Training Brigade (Fort Leonard Wood, MO), E
 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
18th Engineer Brigade937th Engineer Group84th Engineer Battalion
  1967-1969, 82B20, 18th Engineer Brigade
  1967-1969, 82B20, 937th Engineer Group
  1967-1969, 82B20, HHC, 84th Engineer Battalion
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1967-1967 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase II Campaign (1966-67)
  1967-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase III Campaign (1967-68)
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Tet Counteroffensive Campaign (1968)
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase IV Campaign (1968)
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase V Campaign (1968)
  1968-1969 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase VI Campaign (1968-69)
  1969-1969 Vietnam War/Tet 69 Counteroffensive Campaign
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  May 30, 2012, General Photos12
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Date of Birth February 3, 1948
Fort Bragg, Mendocino County, California
Single (Never Married)
Engaged: Nancy Bowman, Mendocino, California
Mendocino High School, Mendocino, California – Class 1966
Captain of the Mendocino Cardinals Football Team
Participated in other High School sports
Various Class Officer Positions


Father – Austin John (Joe) Lucas 02/16/1913 – 02/03/1990. Born in Eldon, Missouri. Died in Missoula, Montana, age 76.

Mother - Shirley Mae Mallory Costa 04/23/1924 -12/05/1989. Born in Mendocino, California. Died in Fort Bragg, California, age 65.
Stepfather – John Costa
Sister - Joanne Shirley Lucas Defer 1941 - 1972. Born in Healdsburg, California. Died in San Francisco, California.

Regular Army – Enlisted 1966 following High School Graduation
Served in the Army for Two plus years.

Vietnam Tour of Duty Started April 12, 1967 Until March 26, 1969
24 Months Overseas Credit

Died from serious wounds caused by a hostile mine that was detonated when army stretcher-bearers tripped the mine while carrying another wounded soldier, SP4 Robert Oliver Wells, during the combat action against a hostile force approximately twelve kilometers west of Tuy Hoa in the Phu Yen Province, US Military Region 2, Republic of South Vietnam.
Clyde was to be separated from his Army duty in April or May 1969, upon his return from Vietnam.
Age at death 21
Find A Grave web site Memorial #123832940
Other Reference for Clyde – Gallant Men. Mendocino County Fallen Vietnam War Veterans Memorial:

For Clyde A. Lucas, Class 1966
Died Vietnam March 26, 1969
Mendocino High School 1960s Reunion, Held in 2010
Mendocino, California
 Memorials & Tributes:
It has been a long time since SFC Donovan sent us to Oakland during Spring Break in 1966 to take our exams and physicals for the Army. I was lucky and now have Grandchildren and have had a good life for which I am grateful. The cause was just. Communism was a despicable evil. Reagan had it right.
Walt Jackson
Poogy --- You were more like a big brother to me than our next door neighbor when we were growing up on Ukiah Street. You have been missed so much over the years.
Carolyn Simpson Schaller
While in Washington DC (several years ago) I found Clyde’s name on the Vietnam Wall. I left a gift for both Clyde and John Hollister.
Sharon Pyle Fleming
Clyde was a nice guy who left us much too soon. We were lucky to have him as our classmate.
Benay Nielson
"Poogy" was my classmate from first grade through twelfth. I will never forget the crazy Halloween water balloon fights in front of his house.  I always went home soaking wet with eggs smashed on my head.  You were one of the good ones--we lost you way too young.
Mary Rodrigues Miller
May 30, 2012
Message From Clifford Berg, a fellow soldier who served with SP5 Clyde Lucas in Vietnam.  Received via email to Gary McJimsey, ATWS Volunteer Profile Assistant and TWS Vietnam Fallen Remembrance Project Team:
To Gary McJimsey, ATWS
Regarding Clyde Lucas:
Thanks for the information Gary,
I will fill you in on a few details.  Clyde had a cot next to mine in our barracks at HHC 84th Engr. Battalion near Qui Nhon.  You might say we were in the same squad although he was a surveyor and I was a construction soil analyst (dirt man). Most of our time was spent doing preliminary work on highway QL1 and the last month or so that I was there we were on the same surveying team.  We would leave base camp during the week and spend our days surveying and nights at available Korean outposts south of Qui Nhon. There would be 4 or 5 of us out on this crew.
I left VN Feb 28, 1969, so I guess it was about a month later when the crew was hit.  Clyde and a fellow named Rob Willey were killed and the other two in the party were wounded.  This was in an area south of Qui Nhon near Song Cau.
Rob Willey from Grangeville, Idaho actually died later in May 1969 in Japan.  I visited his folks in Idaho in about 1993.  He is buried in Grangeville, Idaho.
One of the fellows wounded is a farmer in Iowa and I have visited him also.
Clyde Lucas was really a decent guy.  He was one of the most generous fellows I have ever met, very trustworthy and always pulled his share.  He and I shared a bottle of Vodka on my last night in country while pulling guard duty during a red alert.
I actually did go through Mendocino, CA. a few years ago and did look in the graveyard you spoke of, but did not find a marker although I believe I found his dad's. I also checked other area graveyards to no avail.  Also made a few phone calls to Lucas' in the phone book but found no relatives.
Once again thanks,
Clifford (Cliff) Berg
Note:  Rob Willey is  Robert Leon Willey, SP 5 KIA (Date of Death) May 10, 1969, ATWS Fallen Profile was severally injured on March 26, 1969 along with Clyde Lucas.  Robert died later in Japan on May 10, 1969.

From The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund web site:
Always Remembered / Never Forgotten.
Clyde was a great guy and a heck of an athlete, hard hitting football player. I remember one time he was playing for the High School baseball team ( The Mighty Cards ) & he rounded 3rd base headed for home, tripped head over heels and came out of it on his feet running and scoring at home - hardnosed. I'm sure he was the same way on Nam doing his duty. I think of him often. Rest In Peace Clyde you were a good man.
By Ron Bushby
May 29, 2015 [via email to]
Good Morning Gary [McJimsey], 
My name is Gerry (Granny) Grandstaff.  Clyde and I shared the same barracks at HQ 84 Eng Bn.  We spent a lot of our free time together.  For some reason I carried a camera with me all the time and have 1000's of slides of Vietnam including pictures of Clyde being a GI in Vietnam.  
I live 3 1/2 hours from Mendocino think of Clyde every time I'm there.
Gerry Grandstaff

18th Engineer Brigade

Regarding the 18th Engineer Brigade in South Vietnam 1965 - 1971, as taken from the book Vietnam Order of Battle, 1961-1973, by CPT Shelby L. Stanton, U.S. Army, Retired, page 168, Combat Support Units:

".....on 16 July 1965 the brigade was activated at Fort Bragg, North Carolina and prepared for deployment to Vietnam.  An advance part of the brigade arrived in Vietnam 3 Sept 1965 and became operational two weeks later.  It was originally in control of all U.S. Army engineer activities there until the U.S. Army Engineer Command, Vietnam, was created in December 1966.  At this point the 18th Engineer Brigade became responsible for engineer efforts in the I and II Corps Tactical Zones under I Field Force, Vietnam.  It was located at Tan Son Nhut until 1 Dec 1966 when it was relocated to Dong Ba Thin, RVN".

The arrival date in South Vietnam for the entire 18th Engineer Brigade is 20 Sept 1965 and the departure date is 20 Sept 1971.  Authorized strength for the brigade in 1966 was 142 persons, 1968 173 persons and in 1971 142 persons.

Clyde was one of these few individuals making up a small U.S. Army Engineering Brigade in Vietnam;  The work of the U.S. Army Engineer Units carried out a very important job for the rest of the Army combat elements in building and maintaining roads, bridges, artillery fire-bases, landing zones for helicopters and countless more duties.  The loss of one surveyor, construction worker, equipment operator, or repairman was a significant loss to the unit and to the Army.
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