Wolcott, Clifton P., CW4

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Last Rank
Chief Warrant Officer 4
Last Service Branch
Warrant Officer (pre-2004)
Last Primary MOS
153E-MH-60 Pilot
Last MOS Group
Aviation (Officer)
Primary Unit
1990-1993, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (SOAR)
Service Years
1976 - 1993

Warrant Officer (pre-2004)

Chief Warrant Officer 4

Two Overseas Service Bars

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Bad Kreuznach
Last Address
Hopkinsville, KY

Casualty Date
Oct 03, 1993
Hostile, Died
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Operation Restore Hope (Somalia)
Location of Interment
Green Hill Memorial Gardens - Hopkinsville, Kentucky
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

Army Military Police Army Special Operations Command

 Unofficial Badges 

MP Shoulder Cord Order of Saint Michael (Gold)

 Military Association Memberships
Army Aviation Association of America (AAAA)
  1995, Army Aviation Association of America (AAAA) [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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 Ribbon Bar

Aviator Badge (Senior)

Air Assault Badge

 Unit Assignments
229th Aviation Battalion101st Airborne Division US Army Special Operations Command (Airborne) (USASOC) 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (SOAR)
  1980-1980, Warrant Officer Candidate School (WOCS)
  1980-1984, 229th Aviation Battalion
  1980-1984, 101st Airborne Division
  1984-1986, Task Force 158
  1984-1993, US Army Special Operations Command (Airborne) (USASOC)
  1986-1990, 160th Aviation Group
  1990-1993, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (SOAR)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1987-1989 Operation Prime Chance
  1987-1989 Operation Earnest Will (Iran)
  1989-1989 Operation Just Cause (Panama)
  1989-1989 Operation Just Cause (Panama)
  1990-1991 Gulf War (Iraq)
  1990-1991 Defense of Saudi Arabia/Operation Desert Shield
  1990-1991 Gulf War (Iraq)/Defense of Saudi Arabia
  1991-1991 Gulf War (Iraq)/Liberation and Defense of Kuwait
  1991-1991 Liberation and Defense of Kuwait/Operation Desert Storm
  1991-1991 Southwest Asia Cease-Fire (Iraq)
  1993-1993 Operation Restore Hope (Somalia)
  1993-1993 Operation Gothic Serpent (Battle of Mogadishu)
  1993-1993 Operation Continue Hope (Somalia)
 Colleges Attended 
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  1984-1989, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
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Last Known Activity

CW4 Clifton P. Wolcott

Army Aviation Hall of Fame 1995 Induction


The Tactical and Technical contributions of CW4 Clifton P. Wolcott to Army Aviation of the future cannot be overstated. However, the spirit of Army Aviation, present and future is what CW4 Wolcott really embodied. A spirit of mission accomplishment based on sound principles coupled with valor.


Enlisting in the Army in 1976 at the age of 19 he received his wings in 1980 and was assigned to the 229th Attack Helicopter Battalion. Already his personal courage, which he would display in numerous occasions later in his career, was evident when he was awarded the Soldier's Medal for saving the life of his co-pilot in an AH-1 crash.

In 1984, he was selected for Task Force 160 where he served as an MH-60 SOF Assault IP. His exceptional grasp of both the mission requirement and the equipment available led to his innovative use of night vision goggles and the development of an SOP for overwater operations. CW4 Wolcott's first combat operational experience was during PRIME CHANCE in 1987-89. His overwater techniques and tactics were adopted by all the Army Aviation units involved. In 1989, he again saw combat as a flight leader responsible for combat assaults during JUST CAUSE.

In addition to his duties as flight lead and unit IP, he became the unit's only gunnery standardization IP for the new MH-60 DAP. As such, he trained and evaluated the initial aircrew in the execution of armed helicopter operations. The aircraft was first deployed during DESERT STORM in 1991 and received its baptism of fire during deep penetrations into the Iraqi desert. These clandestine missions are still classified but the success of the effort was testimony to the planning and training of which CW4 Wolcott was such a critical part. He was, as flight lead, awarded the Silver Star for his heroism and later recognized as the Special Operations Aviator of the Year for his Technical and Tactical contributions.

CW4 Wolcott became the Battalion Standardization I.P. in 1992 while also serving as the primary joint mission planner for several classified contingency plans. In August, 1993 he deployed to Somalia with Joint Task Force Ranger. His superb grasp of the tactical situation enabled ground commanders to maximize the use of aviation support. On 3 October 1993, while leading a multiaircraft flight on the assault of an objective in downtown Mogadishu, his aircraft was struck by an RPG. As his aircraft fell to the ground CW4 Wolcott skillfully maintained what control he could and issued critical instructions to those aboard thus helping to ensure their survival. CW4 Wolcott died as a result of that action and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for his gallantry.

CW4 Wolcott's accomplishments have significantly contributed to the advancement of Army Aviation and to its place in the force of the future. CW4 Wolcott is most worthy of election to the Army Aviation Hall of Fame.


CW4 Wolcott was born in Bad Kreuznach, Germany on 20 January, 1957.  Graduating from Richburg High School in New York in 1975, he continued on to receive a Bachelor of Arts degree from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in 1989.    In 1976, he enlisted as a Military Policeman and served a tour in Germany.  Upon graduation from flight school in 1980, he flew OH-58 Scout and AH-1 Cobras for the 229th Attack Helicopter Battalion, Fort Campbell, Kentucky.

He joined Task Force 160 in 1984 as an MH-60 Blackhawk pilot.  He later served as an Instructor Pilot in 1987 and as a Standardization Instructor Pilot in 1992.  He participated in U.S. actions in Panama, Saudi Arabia, and many other world missions.  He was a well-liked, outgoing outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing, and snow skiing.  When not on duty, he spent most of his time with his family and served as the coach of his son’s soccer team.

He received the Distinguished Flying Cross for gallantry in action during combat operations in Mogadishu, Somalia on 3 October, 1993.  His actions as the Flight Lead of an assault into a highly contested urban objective were heroic.  After a brilliant assault of the objective, he held his position and fought to support the ground forces during their actions.  His aircraft, #324, was subsequently downed by enemy fire and, through his exceptional skill, the passengers’ lives were saved.  He also received the Bronze Star Medal and three Air Medals with “V” device for his actions during combat during operation Gothic Serpent.

He was married to Christine Wolcott and had one son, Robert.


Chief Warrant Officer 4 Clifton P. 'Elvis' Wolcott was a helicopter pilot in the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment of the United States Army.

Wolcott served in the Gulf War, and received a Silver Star for 'gallantry in action.'

Wolcott was one of the 19 American soldiers who lost their lives in the Battle Of Mogadishu. He and his copilot, CW2 Donovan Briley, were killed on impact when their MH-60K Black Hawk, Super Six One, crashed after its tail rotor was destroyed by a RPG from a Somali militiaman. His body was pinned in the cockpit and it took a long time to remove it. Wolcott's Black Hawk was the first to be destroyed by the Somalis. He was posthumously awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Bronze Star, Purple Heart and the Air Medal with Valor Device.

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