Clyde Tyler Diacont, Veteran
Newport News, Virginia – 01-01-21
ABOUT THE MISSION:
The Patriot Guard Riders, American Legion Riders, family and friends of Printerman 2nd class Clyde Tyler Diacont will honor this centurions 100th Birthday with a ride-by. Tyler served in the US Navy from 1940 – 1945 in a few commands,
Naval Proving grounds, Dahlgren, VA,
Key West, FL with VP-81 patrol squadron on the USS Hooper Island.
He also went to Panama where his squadron supported VP32 for 6 months and on the way back from Panama he was in a VP-81, they spotted a German sub, attacked and sank it.
Nearing the end of his enlistment, they were taking the ship into Norfolk for repairs on the Elizabeth river after a shakedown.
The crew was headed to Pearl Harbor after repairs, where they heard a destroyer on the river blowing its horn and asked, what was going wrong, the ship replied that the atomic bomb has been dropped on Japan.
The USS Hooper Island continued on to Pearl Harbor then to the East China Coast. He was discharged in Norfolk with $4.65 in his pocket, but he was on my way home!
Tyler learned printing in the Navy, and with this training was able to secure a job with NASA (at that time was called NACA). He started there in 1948 and retired in 1978. While he worked there he met 7 astronauts.
In between these jobs he also sold real estate.
After leaving NASA he worked for the Golden Horseshoe in Colonial Williamsburg for 11 years. He left there to care for his wife Margie who was ill and passed away in 2006.
In 2007, at 86, he missed working and returned to Kingsmill golf course until 2012 at the spry age of 91.
Retirement hasn’t slowed him down. Tyler has been on a cruise to Alaska, takes many trips to the mountains visiting family and friends, he still lives at home, mows and maintains his own lawn, continues to drive and shop for himself.
Tyler is a member of St. Stephens Episcopal Church for over 60 years, Masonic Lodge #336 and on July 7th, 2016 was awarded a pin for 60 years of service.
Tyler was a member of the American Legion Post 25 Drum and Bugle Corps for ten years in the ’70s. He played for the inauguration of the governor during this time. He Represented Newport news in national competition all over the US.
Was a member of the Harmonica Plus group and played a couple of years at Razzle Dazzle at Newport News City Center.
PRIMARY STAGING DETAILS: 01-01-21
Staging Time: 11: 30 am
John B.Todd stadium parking lot
12465 Warwick Blvd.
Newport News, Virginia 23606
Mike “Handlebar” Nugent
Brief: 12:15 am
KSU: 12:25 pm
Maintain all COVID-19 safety protocols as mandated by Virginia Governor and the CDC.
Masks are required for any situation where a 6 foot distance cannot be maintained.
Expect this mission to last 2 hours – start to finish.
Flags & Water:
Flags will not be provided
If you have large bike flags, please bring them.
Water WILL NOT be provided, please bring your own.
Submitted By: Mike Nugent
Position: Virginia Ride Captain
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