Clayton Kenneth Hough, Jr
Lance Corporal
United States Marine Corps
Holyoke, Massachusetts
October 01, 1947 to February 09, 2004
(Incident Date February 22, 1969)
CLAYTON K HOUGH Jr is on the Wall at Panel W8, Line 3

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Clayton Kenneth Hough, Jr and Family Photo - 1969

Hough Family Photo. 1969 - Holyoke - Photo taken at Holyoke High School at a ceremony to honor Clayton K. Hough, Jr. after he returned home from Vietnam. Top left to right: Karen (Hough) Maes, Christine Hough, Linda (Hough) Sousa, Ann Hough, Eileen (Hough) Boudreau Bottom left to right: Clayton K. Hough, Sr. (his father), Clayton K. Hough, Jr. and Yvonne Hough (his mother).  

A Note from The Virtual Wall
On May 4, 2010 the names of three Soldiers and three Marines were added to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC. All six men died as a result of wounds sustained within the combat zone during the Vietnam War. The Department of Defense reviews the medical records of service members when requested by families to determine if their name is eligible to be included on the memorial. The six names added to the Wall were:
The families of the service members gathered at "the Wall" to join the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, in honoring them at the annual Memorial Day observance May 31, 2010.

Family members of five of the six service members being honored gathered and read the names off the Wall for the first time during the ceremony. His mother, sister, and three grandaughters attended the ceremonies.

During an interview prior to the events at the Wall, his mother stated that her son and namesake of a Holyoke Massachusetts police sergeant, jumped into the Vietnam war with open eyes. When he came home, his body was peppered with shrapnel and both his legs were gone above the knee. "He was a dickens of a guy," said his mother Yvonne E. Hough, 83, who still lives in Holyoke. "When he called us from the hospital in Guam, he was upbeat."

Hough was transferred to a hospital in Pennsylvania and eventually released to resume his life in Western Massachusetts. He lived for a short time with his parents before buying his own home on a street that would be renamed Clayton Road in his honor.

After the war, he was a Holyoke Police Departement Dispatcher and later a Marine Recruiter working with "The Young Marines." He tutored them and taught some of them to swim in his backyard pool.

Medical evidence submitted by the Department of the Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (BUMED) indicates that Lance Cpl. Hough qualifies as having "died as a result of wounds (combat or hostile related) sustained in the combat zone" due to the amputations of both legs from the wounds received from a land mine explosion in 1969. He passed away in 2004 as a result of the wounds he incurred in Vietnam February 22, 1969.

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