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 enlisting 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 A&M prior to enlisting in the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1942.
He flew the China-Burma-India Theater, known as "The Hump" during WWII
, ferrying supplies to British troops through the dangerous Himalayas. 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 of the city after all ground entry into the city had been cut off by the Russians. After this he decided to make the Air Force his career.
His next combat duty was in Korea where he was involved in the Chosin Reservoir Campaign. During the Cold War period of the fifties and sixties his service included the Cuban Missile Crisis followed by a tour of duty in Thailand during the Viet Nam War.
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.
Medals from military service:
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 Citation
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 RibbonKorean War
In 1972 he and Iris settled in Seabrook where he went to work running the computer department at Southmore Savings in Pasadena.
In 1978 he joined Plowden 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 flying.
O.C. is survived by his: wife of 70 years, Iris, his son, Richard Shouse and wife Cheryl of Seabrook; daughter, Ann and husband Errol Rutledge of Abilene, grandsons, Joel Rutledge, Pete Rutledge and wife Angie of Abilene, Matthew, Zachary, Jacob and Caleb Shouse of Seabrook. Also Surviving are the great-grandsons, Garrett, Gaige, Nick, Gavin, Ryder, Jarred and Jaxon Rutledge, great-granddaughter, Gwynn Rutledge, great-great grandsons, Blake Rutledge and Tyson Rutledge; sister Ima Ruth Vinson of Hawley, 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 Henny Rose who took such good of our loved one and of whom he was very fond.
"Off we go into the wild blue yonder...."