Lt. Col. Clyde East highlighted in Reagan Library exhibit

The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library opened a new exhibit in their American Heroes Gallery featuring WWII fighter pilot and Oak Park resident Lt. Col. Clyde East. The 92-year-old was honored by the library for his service to country and as a docent at the library. The exhibit will feature photographs, medals and news articles about East. Read the full story on East here: Story fit for a movie Photos by Michael Coons/Acorn Newspapers

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers AMERICAN HERO - Lt. Col. Clyde East sits in front of his new exhibit at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library featuring his service medals and portrait in the American Heroes Gallery area of the library on Jan. 21.

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AMERICAN HERO – Lt. Col. Clyde East sits in front of his new exhibit at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library featuring his service medals and portrait in the American Heroes Gallery area of the library on Jan. 21.

WAR HERO - Duke Blackwood, director of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, applauds 92 year-old Lt. Col Clyde East following the unveiling of a new exhibit featuring East's service medals and portrait in the American Heroes Gallery of the library on Jan. 21. East earned 43 medals as a pilot during his service from 1944-1965.

WAR HERO – Duke Blackwood, director of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, applauds 92 year-old Lt. Col Clyde East following the unveiling of a new exhibit featuring East’s service medals and portrait in the American Heroes Gallery of the library on Jan. 21. East earned 43 medals as a pilot during his service from 1944-1965.

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers GROUP PHOTO - Docents from the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library pose for a photo with Lt. Col. Clyde East, center front, following the unveiling of a new exhibit featuring East's service medals and portrait in the American Heroes Gallery at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley on Jan. 21. East served as a docent at the library for 16 years.

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GROUP PHOTO – Docents from the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library pose for a photo with Lt. Col. Clyde East, center front, following the unveiling of a new exhibit featuring East’s service medals and portrait in the American Heroes Gallery at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley on Jan. 21. East served as a docent at the library for 16 years.

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers FIGHTER PILOT - Docent Summer Draine, right, shakes hands with Lt. Col. Clyde East as East's caretaker Rosa Soto stands by him during the unveiling of a new exhibit featuring East's service medals and portrait in the American Heroes Gallery at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley on Jan. 21. East served as a docent at the library for 16 years. East earned 43 medals as a pilot during his service from 1944-1965.

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FIGHTER PILOT – Docent Summer Draine, right, shakes hands with Lt. Col. Clyde East as East’s caretaker Rosa Soto stands by him during the unveiling of a new exhibit featuring East’s service medals and portrait in the American Heroes Gallery at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley on Jan. 21. East served as a docent at the library for 16 years. East earned 43 medals as a pilot during his service from 1944-1965.

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers AMERICAN HERO - Lt. Col. Clyde East sits in front of his new exhibit at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley featuring his service medals and portrait in the American Heroes Gallery.

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AMERICAN HERO – Lt. Col. Clyde East sits in front of his new exhibit at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley featuring his service medals and portrait in the American Heroes Gallery.

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