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CHARLES EDWARD CLAY


is honored on Panel 31W, Line 65 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Thank You

    Posted on 12/8/17 - by Lucy Conte Micik bennysgift@gmail.com
    Dear Sgt Charles Clay,
    Thank you for your service as an Indirect Fire Infantryman. December has begun, along with all the preparations. It is so important for us all to acknowledge the sacrifices of those like you who answered our nation's call. Please watch over America, it stills needs your strength, courage and faithfulness. Rest in peace with the angels.
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  • Thank You

    Posted on 2/26/15 - by A Grateful Vietnam Vet
    Thank you Sgt. Clay for your devotion, leadership, and courage under fire.
  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 2/28/14 - by Curt Carter ccarter02@earthlink.net
    Dear SGT Charles Edward Clay, sir

    As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for your sacrifice made on behalf of our wonderful country. The youth of today could gain much by learning of heroes such as yourself, men and women whose courage and heart can never be questioned.

    May God allow you to read this, and may He allow me to someday shake your hand when I get to Heaven to personally thank you. May he also allow my father to find you and shake your hand now to say thank you; for America, and for those who love you.

    With respect, and the best salute a civilian can muster for you, Sir

    Curt Carter
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  • We Remember

    Posted on 11/29/10 - by Robert Sage rsage@austin.rr.com
    Charles is buried at Lemoore Cemetery, Lemoore,CA. DSC BSM PH
  • IN REMEMBRANCE OF THIS POSTHUMOUS RECIPIENT OF THE DISTINGUISHED SERVICE CROSS

    Posted on 4/5/10 - by CLAY MARSTON CMARSTON@INTERLOG.COM


    SERGEANT



    CHARLES EDWARD CLAY





    who served with





    HEADQUARTERS AND HEADQUARTERS COMPANY



    2nd BATTALION



    34th ARMOR REGIMENT



    " DREADNAUGHTS "



    25th INFANTRY DIVISION



    " TROPIC LIGHTNING "





    was posthumously awarded the





    DISTINGUISHED SERVICE CROSS



    PURPLE HEART



    NATIONAL DEFENSE SERVICE MEDAL



    VIETNAM SERVICE MEDAL



    REPUBLIC OF VIETNAM CAMPIAGN SERVICE MEDAL











    THE PROUD YOUNG VALOR THAT ROSE ABOVE THE MORTAL AND THEN, AT LAST, WAS MORTAL AFTER ALL











    YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN



    NOR SHALL YOU EVER BE







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    CITATION FOR POSTHUMOUS AWARD OF THE



    DISTINGUISHED SERVICE CROSS





    The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross ( Posthumously ) to Charles Edward Clay, Specialist Fourth Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations involving conflict with an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam, while serving with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2d Battalion, 34th Armor, 25th Infantry Division. Specialist Four Clay distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on 26 February 1969 as a squad leader with an ambush patrol composed of nine Americans and seven Popular Force soldiers. Shortly after the small unit set up an ambush near the village of Trung An, an estimated company of North Vietnamese entered their killing zone. In spite of the numerical superiority of the enemy, Specialist Clay initiated contact by detonating claymore mines and firing his machine gun. Although wounded by the communists' return fire, he continued to man the machine gun until a rocket-propelled grenade destroyed the weapon and almost severed his right leg. Disregarding his grievous injury, he crawled to a vantage point from which he directed the fire of the less experienced members of the patrol while reloading magazines and shouting words of encouragement. Another rocket-propelled grenade struck his exposed position, severing his right arm, but Specialist Clay continued to direct and encourage his comrades for the remainder of the battle. When the enemy withdrew an ambulance helicopter arrived and he was taken to a hospital where he succumbed to his wounds. Specialist Four Clay's extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty, at the cost of his life, were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.







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