Gerald Richard Clemson

Private First Class
United States Marine Corps
30 May 1947 - 08 February 1968
Geneva, Ohio
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Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Gerald Richard Clemson

24 Nov 2007

My Big Brother, My Hero

There is never a day goes by that I don't think of you.
I wonder where you would be now if God had let you stay.
You left us when you were so young.
The void is always there.
The short time you were with us
You filled our lives with joy.
I know it's true that the good die young
Or else you would still be here.

I would welcome communication from anyone who knew Jerry or served with him in Vietnam.

From his sister,
Darlene Clemson Proctor
is devoted to the battle for the Alpha 1 outpost.

A Note from The Virtual Wall

In February 1968 the 1st Bn, 9th Marines was responsible for defending a portion of the west side of the Khe Sanh Combat Base. To accomplish this mission the battalion established a series of strong points on suitable terrain. Alpha Company's Outpost 1 was located on a hill about 3 kilometers due west of the Khe Sanh air field. At 0415 08 February the Alpha 1 outpost came under heavy mortar and ground attack. Although the defenders managed to avoid being overrun, the perimeter was breached and the North Vietnamese occupied a part of the position. A relief column arrived at about 0825 but heavy fighting continued until 1100, when the position was fully retaken. 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

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
his sister,
Darlene Clemson Proctor

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 24 Nov 2007
Last updated 02/18/2008