Clyde served as a Private, 30th Bomber Squadron, 19th Bomber Group, Heavy, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.
He resided in Sedgwick County, Kansas prior to the war.
He enlisted in the Army Air Corps on January 23, 1941, prior to the war, in Wichita, Kansas. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed as a Filling Station Attendant and also as Single, without dependents.
He became a prisoner of the Japanese Army while fighting in the Philippines during the war in 1942. He was held at Japanese POW Camp 2, Davao, Mindanao, Philippines.
Clyde was declared "Missing In Action" while a POW of the Japanese Army in the sinking of the "Shinyo Maru".
He was awarded the Prisoner Of War Medal and the Purple Heart.
The Japanese ship "Shinyo Maru" was loaded with 750 U.S. POW's in the cargo holds. The U.S.S. Paddle (SS-263), not knowing that American POW's were on board, fired torpedoes at the ship off the coast of Mindanao and sank it. Some Japanese guards shot prisoners as they struggled from the holds after the attack or were in the water.
668 POW's died when the ship sank, leaving only 82 survivors. 47 of 52 Japanese guards also died.