I Bty (SLT), 29th Field Artillery (RVN)

Awarded the Silver Star
June 14, 1970

Silver Star

His Citation Reads:

Private First Class Clements distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on 14 June 1970 while serving as a searchlight crewman with Battery I (Searchlight), 2nd Battalion, 29th Artillery, in the Republic of Vietnam. On this date, Private Clements and his crew chief were operating a searchlight on the defensive perimeter of their base when their element suddenly received heavy enemy mortor and rocket-propelled grenade fire. In the initial moments of contact, his section chief was wounded, and Private Clements was forced to engage the advancing enemy with machine gun fire until he expended his ammunition. He then left replenish his ammunition supply, and as he returned to the defensive position with the additional ammunition, he suffered severe shrapnel wounds in both legs. Refusing to be evacuated , he manned the machine gun and continued to provide effective suppressive fire. As he maneuvered to another position, he received arm wounds by a grenade. Still refusing aid, he manned the new position until the enemy broke contact. Private Clements' gallantry was instrumental in the repelling of the hostile forces. Private First Class Clements' actions were in keeping with highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.

Note: This incident took place at Fire Base David in Cambodia, although the citation does not reflect that fact!




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