Clyde Alloway was born on October 18, 1937, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force on November 3, 1954, and after completing basic training at Parks AFB, California, he completed Aircraft Mechanic Training at Sheppard AFB, Texas, in June 1955. His first assignment was as an aircraft mechanic with the 803rd Air Base Group at Davis-Monthan AFB, Arizona, from June to November 1955, and then as a KC-97 Stratotanker aircraft mechanic with the 303rd Air Refueling Squadron at Davis-Monthan and then at Kindley AFB, Bermuda, from December 1955 to October 1958. Sgt Alloway next served as a KC-97 aircraft mechanic and crew chief with the 509th Air Refueling Squadron and 509th Organizational Maintenance Squadron at Pease AFB, New Hampshire, from October 1958 to April 1964, followed by service as an aircraft ground crew member and aircraft mechanic in the Flight Line Maintenance Section of the 4080th Organizational Maintenance Squadron at Davis-Monthan AFB from April 1964 to June 1965. His next assignment was as an aircraft mechanic with the 6251st Consolidated Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, the 6254th Consolidated Maintenance Group, and the 1st Air Commando Squadron at various bases in South Vietnam from June 1965 to June 1966. Sgt Alloway served as a C-47 Dakota crew chief with the 509th Organizational Maintenance Squadron and the 509th Bomb Wing at Pease AFB from June 1966 to June 1969, and then served as a reciprocating engine specialist with the 18th Special Operations Squadron at Lockbourne AFB, Ohio, from June 1969 to January 1970. He then deployed with the 18th SOS as an AC-119 flight engineer to Phan Rang AB, South Vietnam, from January 1970 until he was killed after bailing out of his aircraft on June 6, 1970. His remains were never recovered.
His 2nd Distinguished Flying Cross w/Valor Citation reads:
Technical Sergeant Clyde D. Alloway distinguished himself by heroism while participating in aerial flight as an AC-119K Illuminator Operator near Da Nang Air Field, Republic of Vietnam, on 6 June 1970. On that date, Sergeant Alloway was a crew member on an aircraft that experienced an inflight emergency which necessitated that the crew bail out. Despite the hazardous conditions, Sergeant Alloway successfully carried out his duties as jump master which resulted in all the crew members safely evacuating the stricken aircraft. The outstanding heroism and selfless devotion to duty displayed by Sergeant Alloway in the dedication of his service to his country reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.