Clifford Risley Jr. (1925 - 2016)

Clifford Risley
1925 - 2016
updated February 06, 2019
Clifford Risley Jr., father to 3 children, was born on January 16, 1925. He was born to Adam Clifford Carl Risley and Henrietta Jeanette Tappy, with siblings Marjorie and Esther. He married Berneice Striebel, and they gave birth to Cheryl "Cheri" Lynn Risley, Bruce Paul Risley, and Clifford Randall "Randy" Risley. Clifford died on May 26, 2016 at age 91. We know that Clifford Risley Jr. had been residing in Moorpark, Ventura County, California USA.

Clifford Risley, Moorpark

As his B-24 descended into the steep canyon in what is now Taiwan, Moorpark resident Clifford Risley watched with fear as the three bombers before his were shot down by heavy ground fire.

THEY MADE IT BACK—Paul Miller, seated far left, gathers with fellow crew members around the engine of a B-17 Flying Fortress after narrowly escaping death during a dangerous mission to bomb a Nazi rail yard in 1944. The B-17 pilot, Lt. John “Jack” Furrer, far right, shakes the hand of thefighter pilot who helped the damaged plane make it back to safety. Courtesy of Nannette Furrer THEY MADE IT BACK—Paul Miller, seated far left, gathers with fellow crew members around the engine of a B-17 Flying Fortress after narrowly escaping death during a dangerous mission to bomb a Nazi rail yard in 1944. The B-17 pilot, Lt. John “Jack” Furrer, far right, shakes the hand of thefighter pilot who helped the damaged plane make it back to safety. Courtesy of Nannette Furrer “It was scary,” said the WWII veteran, who was 19 at the time. “There was a mountain range on both sides (of the canyon), and the Japanese had it protected with aircraft guns at all altitudes.”

Clifford Risley, Moorpark

As his B-24 descended into the steep canyon in what is now Taiwan, Moorpark resident Clifford Risley watched with fear as the three bombers before his were shot down by heavy ground fire.

THEY MADE IT BACK—Paul Miller, seated far left, gathers with fellow crew members around the engine of a B-17 Flying Fortress after narrowly escaping death during a dangerous mission to bomb a Nazi rail yard in 1944. The B-17 pilot, Lt. John “Jack” Furrer, far right, shakes the hand of thefighter pilot who helped the damaged plane make it back to safety. Courtesy of Nannette Furrer THEY MADE IT BACK—Paul Miller, seated far left, gathers with fellow crew members around the engine of a B-17 Flying Fortress after narrowly escaping death during a dangerous mission to bomb a Nazi rail yard in 1944. The B-17 pilot, Lt. John “Jack” Furrer, far right, shakes the hand of thefighter pilot who helped the damaged plane make it back to safety. Courtesy of Nannette Furrer “It was scary,” said the WWII veteran, who was 19 at the time. “There was a mountain range on both sides (of the canyon), and the Japanese had it protected with aircraft guns at all altitudes.”

“We were under heavy fire,” said Risley, a navigator, who left active duty in 1945. “We got shot at, but not fatally. . . . I felt like God was protecting us.”

The B-24s gradually gained altitude to climb out of the enemy’s range.

It was but one of 44 missions Risley flew in World War II.

Thankful to be alive, the Indiana native, who spent 17 years in the reserves, will join his fellow members of the American Legion during the American Legion Post 502’s Memorial Day service on Mon., May 27 in Moorpark.

Monday is an important day, not just for veterans but for all Americans, said Jim Carpenter, the Moorpark post’s adjutant. “We need to honor the sacrifices made by the young men and women who put their lives on the line for our country.”

Risley, a retired research director for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Chicago, said his memories of the war remain fresh in his mind.

“You live with it all of your life,” he said. “Every day something brings back memories.”

The married father of three said he looks forward to catching up with other local veterans.

“There’s a special bond between anybody who serves,” he said. “You feel like you’re brothers.”

—Stephanie Sumell
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Clifford Risley Jr., father to 3 children, passed away on May 26, 2016 at 91 years old. Clifford was born on January 16, 1925. He was born to Adam Clifford Carl Risley and Henrietta Jeanette Tappy, with siblings Marjorie and Esther. He married Berneice Striebel, and they gave birth to Cheryl "Cheri" Lynn Risley, Bruce Paul Risley, and Clifford Randall "Randy" Risley. We know that Clifford Risley Jr. had been residing in Moorpark, Ventura County, California USA.
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In 1925, in the year that Clifford Risley Jr. was born, in July, the Scopes Trial - often called the Scopes Monkey Trial - took place, prosecuting a substitute teacher for teaching evolution in school. Tennessee had enacted a law that said it was "unlawful to teach human evolution in any state-funded school". William Jennings Bryan headed the prosecution and Clarence Darrow headed the defense. The teacher was found guilty and fined $100. An appeal to the Supreme Court of Tennessee upheld the law but overturned the guilty verdict.

In 1946, by the time he was 21 years old, pediatrician Dr. Benjamin Spock's book "The Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care" was published. It sold half a million copies in the first six months. Aside from the Bible, it became the best selling book of the 20th century. A generation of Baby Boomers were raised by the advice of Dr. Spock.

In 1976, Clifford was 51 years old when on August 4th, a mysterious illness struck an American Legion convention in Philadelphia. Within a week, 25 people had died and 130 people had been hospitalized. It was the first known instance of what came to be called "Legionnaires Disease."

In 1982, by the time he was 57 years old, on June 30th, time ran out on the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). The Amendment had only received 35 of the necessary 38 state ratifications. First sent to the states in 1972, the Amendment stated that "Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex".

In 1996, by the time he was 71 years old, on April 3rd, Theodore Kaczynski (nicknamed the Unabomber) was arrested. His mailed or hand-delivered bombs, sent between 1978 and 1995, killed three people and injured 23 others. Diagnosed as suffering from paranoid schizophrenia, Kaczynski is serving 8 life sentences without the possibility of parole.

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