Summary

Conflict Period:
Vietnam War 1
Branch:
Marine Corps 1
Rank:
Private First Class 2
Birth:
30 May 1947 2
Death:
08 Feb 1968 2
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Full Name:
Gerald Richard Clemson 2
Birth:
30 May 1947 2
Male 2
Death:
08 Feb 1968 2
Cause: Other Explosive Device 2
Age at Death: 20 2
Body Recovered: Recovered 2
Casualty Date: 08 Feb 1968 2
Casualty Location: Khe Sanh, near The Rock Quarry 2
Casualty Type: Hostile, Died 2
Residence:
Hometown: Geneva, OH 2
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Marriage:
Marital Status: Single 2
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Vietnam War 1

Branch:
Marine Corps 1
Rank:
Private First Class 2
Battalion:
1st Bn 2
Company:
A Co 2
Enlistment Type:
Regular 2
Grade:
E2 2
Major Command:
3rd Mar Div 2
Regiment:
9th Marines 2
Service:
Marine Corps 2
Specialty:
Rifleman (USMC) 2
Tour Start Date:
15 Dec 1967 2
Years Served:
0 2
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Religion:
Protestant - No Denominational Preference 2
Race or Ethnicity:
Caucasian 2
Memorial Wall Location:
Line: 23 2
Panel: 38E 2

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This location was on Hill 64, about a mile from the Khe Sanh Outpost. PFC Clemson was part of a platoon of 64 Marines from A Co 1st Bn 9th Marines. His position was over ran by a Battalion of NVA soldiers, reenforced with a Weapons Company. He died in his bunker while defending his position. The battle was fought for six hours until reenforcements were able to get there. The position was held.

if anyone has pictures of my uncle could you send me some copys of them. thank you very much!!! email is.slender_27@yahoo.com. gerald r clemson

The NVA left over 150 bodies on the battlefield, but Alpha 1/9 had 27 men killed and 54 wounded in the action: 2ndLt Terence R. Roach, Birmingham, MI (Bronze Star "V") SSgt Bernard B. McKinney, Helen, WV (Bronze Star "V") Cpl Jerry C. Burkhead, Lee Mont, VA Cpl Anthony W. Handley, Hot Springs, AR, H&S w/ A/1/9 Cpl Thomas C. Lewer, Bemidji, MN Cpl Roy D. McDaniel, Kansas City, MO Cpl Manuel P. Torres, Piru, CA Cpl Henry York, North Babylon, NY HN Michael B. Barrett, Los Angeles, CA, H&S w/ A/1/9 LCpl William L. Glasper, Baton Rouge, LA LCpl James P. Rizzo, Bratenahl, OH (Bronze Star "V") LCpl Ronald C. Rountree, Sherman Oaks, CA LCpl James F. Scott, Mobile, AL LCpl Arvid B. Skuza, Ada, MN LCpl Jeffrey M. Walsh, Bethel Park, PA Pfc Gerald R. Clemson, Geneva, OH Pfc William K. Colegate, Red Bud, IL Pfc Thomas R. Craig, Atlanta, GA Pfc Kenneth C. Fordham, Macon, GA Pfc Leonard Jackson, Chicago, IL Pfc Robert N. Morden, Greensboro, NC Pfc Patrick M. Murphy, Merrill, MI Pfc Ronald L. Pembleton, Nicholasville, KY Pfc John C. Pondoff, East St Louis, IL Pfc Tommy L. Stewart, Washington, DC Pvt Guy D. Dickie, Pittsburgh, PA Pvt Allen McKinley, Gary, IN

Thank you Marine for your service to this great Nation and to our Corps

THE WALL Standing here in front of the Wall
silently reading your name
solemnly I thank you one and all
Each of you different, yet the same The list seems forever endless
but I remember your faces
you made the supreme sacrifice, I confess
as I walk slowly with measured paces Each one of you answered the call
willingly or not, you gave your lives
Rest easy, my Brothers - heroes all
The Nation still survives
"War drew us from our homeland In the sunlit springtime of our youth. Those who did not come back alive remain in perpetual springtime -- forever young -- And a part of them is with us always." --- Author Unknown --- God Bless  You      

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