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(courtesy Mike Dover)

Grave marker of Clyde Malphus, Jr., in the Parkhill Cemetery Columbus Muscogee County Georgia

SFC (Retired) Clyde Malphus, Jr., 78, died March 4, 2008, in Columbus, Georgia.

Clyde entered the Army in 1951 and took his Basic Training at Fort Dix, NJ and Airborne training in 1952. His military assignments included the 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, Fort Benning, 1952; 11th Airborne Division, 1955; 101st Airborne Division, 1956-1958; Caribbean Command, 1958-60; USAMU, 1960-66; Alaska Marksmanship, 1966-69; and Vietnam Sniper Team, 1969-71.

After retiring from the Army, Clyde was employed as a civilian gunsmith in the USAMU Custom Gun Shop from 1981 to 1994. His craftsmanship as a high-power, long-range weapons gunsmith earned him numerous Civil Service exceptional performance and "on the spot" awards plus the admiration of those who shot rifles built by him.

His awards include the Bronze Star Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Good Conduct Medal, President's Hundred Tab, and Distinguished Rifleman Badge.

Burial took placed in the Parkhill Cemetery, Columbus, Georgia


Clyde Malphus Jr.
November 15, 1929- March 4, 2008

COLUMBUS, GAŚ SFC Retired Clyde Malphus Jr., 78, of Columbus, died Tuesday, March 4, 2008 in St. Francis Hospital. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Friday, March 7, 2008 in Wynnbrook Baptist Church with Dr. Brad Hicks officiating. Interment will follow in Parkhill Cemetery with military honors, according to Striffler-Hamby Mortuary, Macon Road. Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Adult 4 Sunday School class. The family will receive friends this evening from 5 until 7 p.m. at the funeral home. SFC ret. Malphus was born November 15, 1929 in Douglas, GA., the son of the late Clyde Malphus Sr. and the late Elaine McKinnon Malphus. He retired from the U.S. Army after twenty years of service as a SFC. He received a Bronze Star and Army Commendation Medal. He also retired as a gunsmith with the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit. SFC ret. Malphus was a member of Wynnbrook Baptist Church, Blue Lodge and Scottish Rite. He was preceded in death by a brother, Rudolph Malphus. Survivors include his wife, Barbara Lollar Malphus of Columbus; one sister, Evelyn Millane of Santa Ana, CA.; numerous nieces and nephews. A special thank you to Dr. Chris Wommack. The family request memorials be made to Wynnbrook Baptist Church or your favorite charity.

(Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, Columbus, GA, 6 Mar 2008 - courtesy of Tedd Cocker)

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