Col. Oscar Clyde Shouse, Jr. (O.C.), USAF retired, age 90, received his final PCS orders - non-concurrent travel (dependents to follow) on 24 NOV 2012.
Take off was at 16:14 hours with ceiling and visibility unlimited, wind speed good and altitude unknown. Flight plan filed and flight bag packed and ready for any "alert" flight since he entered the Lords' army years before existing in that of the United States.
Col. Shouse was born to Alta Decker whose grandfather, Isaac Settled Decker Prairie and Oscar Clyde Sr. on 17 NOV 1922 in Merkel, TX. He married Iris Eoff on 31 OCT 1942 in Merkel.
O.C. attended Texas A7M prior to voluntarily enlisting in the U.S. Army Air Corp. in 1942.
He flew the China-Burma-India Theater, known as "The Hump" during WWII, ferrying supplies through the dangerous Himalayas to British troops. Following the war he and Iris lived in Anson, TX where he worked for Jones County Abstract Co. and was elected to the office of County Surveyor.
In 1949 he was re-called into the new USAF for the Berlin Airlift Operation "Vittles". He flew C-54's carrying coal for citizens fo the blockade city.
His nest combat duty was Korea followed by Viet Nam. His service during the Cold War included the Cuban Missel Crisis.
Col. Shouse served tours of duty in India, Japan, the Philippines, Thailand and Germany in addition to TDY'S all over the world. He retired at Randolph AFB in San Antonio in 1970 and moved to Abilene, TX
Distinguished Flying Cross with two Oak Leaf Clusters
Air Medal with Five Oak Leaf Clusters
Air Force Meritorious Service Award
Asiatic-Pacific Campaign with three Battle Stars
American Campaign Medal
WWII Victory Medal
Army of Occupation, Germany with Berlin Airlift Device
Medal for Humane Action
Korean Service Medal with five Bronze Stars
National Defense Service
United Nations Service
Korean Presidential Unit
Presidential Unit Citation
Armed Forces Reserve with Hour Glass Device
Air Force Longevity Service Award with five Oaks Leaf Clusters
Vietnam Service Medal with one Bronze Star
Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal
Armed Forces Expedition Medal (Congo)
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award
Small Arm Expert Marksman Ribbon
Korean War Service Medal
In 1972 he and Iris settled in Seabrook where he went to work as Assistant Soxinp in Pasadena.
In 1978 he joined Plawden Supply as data processing manager. He began his own business, OCS Data Services in 1981.
When he finally stopped working he spent many enjoyable hours in a hanger at Ellington Field with his best friend and neighbor and fellow pilot Al Dean working on planes and plying.
O.C. is survived by his: wife of 70 years, Iris, his son, Richard Shouse and wife Cheryl of Seabrook; daughter, Ann and husband Erral Ruthledges of Abilene, grandsons, Joel Ruthledge, Pete Rutledge and wife Angie of Abilene, Matthew, Zachary, Jacob and Caleb Shouse of Seabrook. Also Surviving are the great-grandsons, Garret Gaige, Nick, Ganin, Ryder, Garred and Jason Rutledge, great-granddaughter, Groynn Rutledge, great-great grandson, Balke Ruthedge; brother Aubrey Shouse of Frisco, TX and sister Ima Ruth Vinson of Harvey, TX and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Visitation will be Monday, December 3, 2012 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Crowder Funeral Home, Webster, TX. Followed by a Graveside Service with Full Military Honors on Tuesday, December 4, 2012 at 2:30 PM at Houston National Cemetery, Houston, TX.
Those wishing to make a Memorial Donation in lieu of flowers may do so to the USO, Disabled Vets., Diabetes Assoc.,
We thank the personal at Fresenius Dialysis Center in Webster, Trilogy Emergency Medical Services and A-Med Hospice for their care and compassion. A very special thank you to Henry Rose who took such good of our loved one and of whom he was very found.
"Off we go into the wild blue yonder...."