Clifford Abdul McKennan

Private First Class
Army of the United States
10 June 1946 - 20 March 1966
Point Pleasant, New Jersey
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Combat Infantry

Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, RVN Military Merit, RVN Gallantry Cross, RVN Campaign


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19 Mar 2003

I did not know Cliff but he was the first casualty from Point Pleasant in Vietnam. I was from Tom's River and later settled in Point Pleasant. The school system recently placed a plaque at Ocean Road School at a long overdue ceremony to honor him, as he attended that school prior to High School. He scored the first varsity touchdown for the new Point Pleasant Borough High School before he enlisted. I served in Vietnam in 1967-1968 and can recall those days of honor and terror vividly.

Loren MacIver
Point Pleasant NJ

9 Aug 2004

Just happened to pass by your name again.
I did not know you well in life,
just death that night by the stream.
You, Gadie, McFarland, Sgt. Smith, Sgt. Flores,
all in one terrible night.

I never guessed after 30 years
I would still be thinking of any of you
but I always do and always will.
Rest in peace, brotherman.

God bless your family for loving you.

From a comrade,

A Note from The Virtual Wall

The five men named above by "Sergeanttom" all were assigned to C Company, 2/502nd Infantry; four of the five were killed in action on 20 Mar 1966, while the fifth died of wounds the following day.
  • SSG Hubert R. Smith, West End, NC
  • SGT David Flores, Philadelphia, PA
  • PFC Bobby G. Gadie, Hope Mills, NC (Died of wounds 3/21/66)
  • PFC Tommie L. McFarland, New York, NY
  • PFC Clifford A. McKennan, Point Pleasant, NJ
PFC McKennan was posthumously awarded the Military Merit Medal and the Gallantry Cross with Palm. He is buried at Whitelawn Cemetery in Point Pleasant Beach, NJ.

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