Christopher L Clearwaters

First Lieutenant
Army of the United States
15 July 1947 - 20 February 1971
Seattle, Washington
Panel 05W Line 123

Combat Infantry

Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

Army Parachutist

The database page for Christopher L Clearwaters

11 Nov 2000

Chris Clearwaters was a member of the Class of '69 at the Citadel. We remembered each of our fallen classmates at our 30th re-union at the Citadel in 1998. All will be remembered as friends and classmates.

Our lives are all much the better for having known and loved you. Rest in peace dear friends. You will always be remembered.

Jim Chappelear
8412 Forest Creek Rd, Waldorf MD 20603
Class of 1968
The Citadel

Barry Allmond John Bradman Chris Clearwaters
Johnny Fuller Carl Peterson Buddy Suprenant
Bob Woodhouse

28 Oct 2006

Chris and I were very good friends in High School. He went to The Citadel, and I went to the University of Hawaii after graduation from HS in 1965. I served in the Marine Corps, and I always knew Chris would go Army. Today I was searching for old friends, one does that when one starts to get old. I found Chris. I was stunned. I know it has been 35 years since he died, but for me the shock was today. I assumed Chris was retired, growing content, old, and maybe adding a few pounds, like me. No, Chris was gone. I have always had the fondest memories of Chris, and I always will. I wanted to talk to Chris about that blue Chevy he got in high school that we drove around in, and so many other things. I am so sorry he missed so much of life.

Semper Fi, Chris, Semper Fi

Joe W Dixon
(Was 'Joe W Jinks' in high school)
3800 Oglethorpe Drive, Winterville, NC 28590

03 Jun 2007

In loving memory of my Uncle

I never had the opportunity to meet you,
But feel I know you after visting your's and my Grandfather's gravesite in Hawaii,
Then paying tribute at the Wall this past weekend.

Thank you for your sacrifice.

From his niece,
Laura Blake
Columbia, Maryland

A Note from The Virtual Wall

Four men died and one survived when a UH-1H (tail number 68-15589) of B Company, 227th Avn Bn, was hit in the port side by a B-40 rocket while at low altitude. The four dead were The pilot, CW2 Timothy E. Cleary, still strapped in his seat, was ejected by the force of the explosion and although seriously injured survived his wounds. His account of the incident is available on the Vietnam Helicopter Pilots' Association web site, where he notes they had been called in to evacuate a wounded infantry lieutenant (1LT Clearwaters). Although they took no fire while extracting Clearwaters, immediately after take-off they were hit by heavy small arms and machinegun fire. Captain Head and SP4 Malone were killed by gunfire but the Huey was brought down by the rocket. WO Cleary was able to get SP4 Coronado clear of the burning wreckage, and both were recovered by the infantry unit. SP4 Coronado died of his injuries the following day.

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
a college classmate,
Jim Chappelear
8412 Forest Creek Rd, Waldorf MD

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 11 Nov 2000
Last updated 12/17/2007