Clayton C. Swears
Colonel, United States Army
addition to seeing the Phoenix Society announcement, several of you made
sure that I knew that old friend and sometimes mentor, Colonel Clayton
C. "Slip" Swears, 86, of Odenton, Maryland, died of heart failure May 27,
2002, in Baltimore.
Colonel Swears was born August 13, 1915 in Broadalbin, New York. He graduated from U. of Michigan School of Forestry with a BS degree in 1940, and received a master degree in wildlife management in 1941.
He was commissioned as a Signal Corps Second
Lieutenant at Fort Monmouth, New Jersey, in 1942 and sent to his first
assignment at Arlington Hall Station, Virginia. He was promoted to Major
in 1945 as a result of a distinguished wartime career in cryptology. After
the war he was stationed at ASA headquarters in Tokyo. Later he commanded
"Slip" spent several years at Fort Devens, Massachusetts, and then moved to Maryland where he was posted to the National SecurityAgency for 10 years, during which he spent a year in Vietnam.
His major commendations include the Legion of Merit with three oak leaf clusters, the Army Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster, and others.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Dee Elaine Skinner, and two sons. Survivors include his wife of 10 years, Nancy Abbott Thompson Swears, four sons, and 10 grandchildren.
Burial was at Arlington National Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Shriner's Hospital for Children,
3551 N. Broad st., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19140.
SWEARS, DERHUA E
Photos Courtesy of Holly, May 2006