Clarence C. Seefeldt never had a chance to reach 100 years old today. Instead, he sacrificed his life for our freedom.
He was born on January 2, 1918 in South Dakota. His parents George and Cora were also both born in South Dakota. His father worked as a farmer. Clarence had a twin brother. By 1940 Clarence had completed 8 years of schooling and was living at home working on the family farm.
He was drafted into the army on April 12, 1942. He took medical training was active in the Pacific during the island hopping in 1943 where he was wounded. He became a Tech 5 attached to the 35th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division. He arrived in the Philippines on January 16, 1945. Moving through rice patties, the 25th ID engaged the enemy and destroyed much of the Japanese armor in Luzon as it liberated Umingan, Lupao, and San Jose.
Sgt. Seefeldt was killed by enemy fire on February 2, 1945 while in the act of rendering aid to a wounded soldier.
His grave is at Rose Hill Cemetery in Clark, South Dakota. His twin brother died in 2003.
One year ago today, I profiled James North, 69th Infantry Division. You can read his story here.
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