Americans in Wartime Experience

Boyd McClure

World War II

Boyd Edward McClure served in the United States Army during World War II, Korean War and the Vietnam War. Boyd was born 27 August 1927 on a farm in St. Charles, Iowa.

Boyd was drafted into the U.S. Army and attended basic training at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. He was then sent to Vint Hill Farms, Virginia for specialty training as a Morse Cord Radio Operator. After training he was assigned to the Army Security Agency and sent to the Philippines. Their main mission was intelligence collection. The ASA office was eventually moved to Tokyo, Japan. Boyd was then transferred to the 126 Signal Service in Japan where he was assigned as the Motor Sergeant Supervisor.  He was in Japan for 13 years.

Boyd was in Okinawa at the time the Korean War began, he was transferred to the 508th Renaissance Group in the 10th Corp Electronics. He was an E5 Sergeant in electronics maintenance.  He served in Korea for 12 months.

Boyd returned to the U.S. and was assigned to the Army Security Agency Headquarters installation.  He was promoted to Chief Warrant Officer Radio Maintenance Officer. Boyd was deployed to Vietnam with the Army Security Agency and was in country for 9 months.

There was a big difference coming home after being in Vietnam than coming home after Korea. Boyd would just forget about the deployment and not talk about being in the military so that he wouldn't be harassed.

While in the service, Boyd learned a lot and traveled in the Pacific theater. Boyd had an honorable service, great education, and the feeling of accomplishment and supporting the Army and the Intelligence Service.

Thank you Boyd for your service to our country.

Bio created by Rebeccah Christovich

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The Americans in Wartime Experience explores the impact of war and conflict on America since WWI. It honors those who served in the military and on the home front and highlights the values they demonstrated in serving – duty, honor, and courage. It examines how periods of conflict have profoundly shaped American society. It educates visitors about the costs of war, both on a personal and social level. It challenges visitors to remember the service and sacrifices made by their fellow citizens to preserve and defend our freedoms. LEARN MORE

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