Slator Clay Blackiston, III

Slator Clay Blackiston, III

Age: 38
Branch: USN
Rank(s): SA, QM3, LT
Unit(s): UDT21, ST2, NPS Monterey, CA, COMNAVSPECWARGRU2, French Naval Station Frejus
Station: San Rafael, France

Fallen on: 12 Apr 1984
Location: Toulon, France
Era: Cold War
Campaign: Training

Medals & Commendations: Bronze Star Medal with ‘V’ device for Valor and 3 Gold Stars, Navy & Marine Corps Commendation Medal with ‘V’ device for Valor, Combat Action Ribbon, Presidential Unit Citation w/2 Bronze Stars, Good Conduct Medal w/ Bronze Star, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal w/ 3 Bronze Stars, Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, Republic of Vietnam RVN Gallantry Cross w/ Bronze Star, Republic of Vietnam RVN Gallantry Cross Unit Citation, Republic of Vietnam Civil Action 1 C Palm Unit Citation, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Expert Rifle Medal, Expert Pistol Medal

Hometown: Spartanburg, SC

LT Blackiston drowned as a in an accident during a training jump. The chute deployed but he became tangled in the strings and subsequently drown upon landing in the water because he was unconscious.