Wednesday, February 8, 2017

WW2 Fallen - 3rd Infantry Division's Clark Clemons

3rd Division soldiers including Audie Murphy (2nd row, 2nd from left)
who served in 15th Infantry Regiment with Clark Clemons.

Clark F. Clemons could have been 100 years old today. 

He was born on February 8, 1917 in New York. His parents were also both born in New York. His father was a cigar store clerk and later a box tender. Clark was an only child. By 1940 he had completed 4 years of high school and was working as a laborer.

We don't know when Clark enlisted in the army but he was assigned to serve as a private in the 15th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division. This unit was involved in the war against Germany from the very beginning, It participated in the landings in North Africa in 1942, the invasion of Sicily and other Italian campaigns. It was also part of the 7th Army's invasion of southern France. 

We don't know if Pvt. Clark was with his unit from the start. It is more likely that he joined as a replacement, since the 3rd Division had more than 28,000 casualties during the war. Pvt. Clark died on December 25, 1944, which would have made Christmas, a sad day for his mother, who had no other children. At that  time the 15th Infantry Regiment was near Ribeauville, France. Pvt. Clark death was listed as Missing in Action. This was often the result of a soldier being killed by a direct artillery hit; when this happened there sometimes were no remains to identify.

Pvt. Clemons was one of 1,633 15th Infantry Regiment soldiers killed during the war. The 15th Infantry Regiment had 16 Medal of Honor winners, including the most famous one - Audie Murphy.

He remains MIA but a memorial for him can be found at Epinal American Cemetery and Memorial in Loraine, France, and at Arlington National Cemetery.

Thank you Clark for your sacrifice. Let's Earn It for Clark.

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