Clarence (Clancy) Hatleberg
"During the Apollo 11 recovery mission in 1969, Clancy was the overall Swimmer Recovery Team leader and also served as the decontamination swimmer."
Clancy Hatleberg graduated from Dartmouth College with a Bachelor of Arts in 1965 and eventually earned a Ph.D. from the University of New Mexico in 1978 and J.D. and MBA degrees from the University of San Diego in 1985.
He served in the U.S. Navy from 1965 to 1985 as a Naval Special Warfare and Explosive Ordnance Disposal Officer. He had many different assignments as a commissioned officer, including Executive and Commanding Officer positions within the Naval Special Warfare community.
During the Apollo 11 recovery mission in 1969, Clancy was the overall Swimmer Recovery Team leader and also served as the decontamination swimmer. As such, he was responsible for providing the first line of defense in preventing potential contamination of the earth by lunar pathogens that may have been brought back by the astronauts. After leaping into the sea from the recovery helicopter, he performed the spacecraft and astronaut decontamination activities while being in a biological isolation garment, or BIG suit, himself.
Clancy was the first human to welcome these pioneer Apollo 11 moon walkers—Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins— back to Earth.
After leaving the Navy, Clancy pursued a science and technology career with defense contractors such as Advanced Technology, SAIC, Cray, Silicon Graphics, QinetiQ NA, and now mfusion. He was also a member of the Board of Directors for various educational research laboratories, including the Southwest Regional Laboratory, Far West Laboratory, and West Ed from 1988-2005. In addition, he was an adjunct faculty member for various West Coast Colleges and Universities from 1985-2005 where he taught College Algebra, Calculus, and undergraduate engineering courses.