In Memory of
U.S. Air Force Corporal Terraville, South Dakota
Lawrence County

January 19, 1927--January 21, 1952
Died in Accident at Randolph Air Force Base in Texas

    

Cloyd Russel Mix was born in Pringle, South Dakota, on January 19, 1927, to Mr. Robert L. and Mrs. Ella L. (Harper) Mix. Cloyd had five sisters: Nellie, Hazel, Helen, Arlene, and Lorna, and five brothers: Ray, Robert, Jr., Harley, Marvin, and William, who preceded Cloyd in death. Cloyd received his grade school education in Terraville and went to high school in Lead for one year. His sister, Nellie, remembers that Cloyd was “very well liked and had an exceptional personality. He liked people and animals and had a special interest in building model airplanes and flying them and repairing vehicles.” Cloyd also enjoyed winter sports; he loved to ski.

Cloyd Russel Mix entered the service on October 31, 1945 at Amarillo Air Force Base in Texas and served in Guam from February 8, 1946 to September 27, 1947 as part of the 1501st Motor Vehicle Squadron. After his discharge on October 7, 1948, in California, Cloyd returned to Deadwood and worked with his dad, driving a truck for the State of South Dakota. About this time, Cloyd came down with polio and had medical treatments in Hot Springs. After he recovered, he reenlisted in the Air Force in Deadwood on December 30, 1950. Corporal Mix was home on leave for the last time during Christmas of 1951.

On January 21, 1952, Corporal Cloyd Russel Mix and another soldier were electrocuted while driving trucks at a construction site at Randolph Field, San Antonio, Texas. Specifically, he was on a crew that was installing culverts under an air strip. Corporal Mix and a buddy were taking a break near a derrick after layering the culvert area with sand and gravel. The derrick positioning the culvert hit a high wire of 40,000 volts, which then fell across both men, killing them. His body was returned to South Dakota and he was buried with military honors at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.

At the time of Cloyd’s death, three other members of the Mix family were serving in the Armed Forces: Ray, Robert, and Nellie. His sister, Nellie, said in closing: “Cloyd and I were very close and I still miss him and the good times we had, even today.”

This entry was respectfully submitted by Chantelle Rae Janke, 8th grade, Spearfish Middle School, Spearfish, South Dakota on July 18, 2004. The South Dakota National Guard Museum and the Lead Daily Call, January 22, 1952 issue, provided information for this entry. Additional information and approval of profile by Sfc. Nellie Mix, WAC, ret’d, sister of Cloyd.