This week, we share a little bit of Navy Veteran Ed Clexton’s back story and his father, who’s footsteps he followed. He served over thirty years, from 1955 to 1993, ahoy!! He said his best memory was jumping out of an airplane as a test pilot, and his approximate flight hours was 4,000. Ed was the only boy out of six children.
When he entered our VPP location at the USAA in Virginia Beach, VA, he brought his uniform and a very large portrait painting. We learned it was of his father, also named Edward Clexton, who was a U.S. Naval Academy graduate from Annapolis, Class of 1924. His father was a Vice Admiral awarded the Navy Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit and Commendation Ribbon, and the American Defense Service Medal with Bronze A. In 1956, he started to run the U.S. Navy’s overall production, procurement, and contracting policy operation from the Pentagon, Washington D.C.
[Ed Clexton Jr. in 1964]
Clexton Jr. received twelve Air Medals and two Navy Commendation Medals with combat “V”. Clexton Sr. and Jr. were both very decorated Navy Veterans, and we Thank You for your service and sacrifice to our country.
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© Veteran portrait by Stacy L. Pearsall, story by Des’ola Mecozzi