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GEORGE DONALD CLAYTON


is honored on Panel 29E, Line 39 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Thanks

    Posted on 12/10/17 - by Lucy Conte Micik bennysgift@gmail.com
    Dear PSGT George Clayton,
    Thank you for your service as an 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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  • Silver Star Citation

    Posted on 11/7/16 - by A Grateful Vietnam Veteran
    George Donald Clayton
    Date of birth: September 4, 1935
    Date of death: November 7, 1967
    Home of record: Belmar New Jersey
    Status: KIA

    AWARDS AND CITATIONS

    Silver Star

    Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

    The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918 (amended by an act of July 25, 1963), takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Platoon Sergeant George Donald Clayton (ASN: RA-51364653), United States Army, for gallantry in action against a hostile force while serving with Company B, 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division, in the Republic of Vietnam on 7 November 1967. On this date, during Operation SHENNDOAH II, Sergeant Clayton was serving as Battalion Intelligence Sergeant on a search and destroy mission near Loc Ninh. He was moving with the command group as the patrol was sweeping through a rubber plantation. Suddenly, they were subjected to intensive claymore mine, rocket, small arms, and automatic weapons fire from a numerically superior Viet Cong force. Sergeant Clayton immediately moved to the left flank of the command group to provide security. With complete disregard for his personal safety, he remained in the open and placed devastating fire onto the advancing insurgents. Although wounded, he refused to seek cover and continued to provide suppressive fire as elements of the battalion maneuvered against the Viet Cong. Enemy rocket rounds started falling in the area and several members of the command group were wounded. Sergeant Clayton began moving through a hail of incoming rounds to aid the casualties. Before he could reach the wounded men, he was mortally wounded by Viet Cong fire. His devotion to duty and exemplary courage undoubtedly saved the lives of several fellow soldiers. Platoon Sergeant Clayton's unquestionable valor in close combat against numerically superior hostile forces is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the 1st Infantry Division, and the United States Army.

    General Orders: Headquarters, 1st Infantry Division, General Orders No. 8448 (November 24, 1967)

    Action Date: November 7, 1967

    Service: Army

    Rank: Platoon Sergeant

    Company: Company B

    Battalion: 1st Battalion

    Regiment: 26th Infantry Regiment

    Division: 1st Infantry Division
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  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 10/26/13 - by Curt Carter ccarter02@earthlink.net
    Dear PSGT George Donald Clayton, 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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  • Submitted by the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans' Memorial Foundation

    Posted on 7/26/13 - by New Jersey Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund
    If you have any additional information about this hero or are a relative, please contact the Foundation at shagarty@njvvmf.org or 1-800-648-8387.
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  • You are missed everyday

    Posted on 2/11/13 - by Karan Karan1956@verizon.net

    I remember the day we were informed of your death like it was yesteday. You have had a profound affect on my life even though I was only 11 years old when you were taken from us. You will always be a hero and will never be forgotten. After all, who could ever forget that read hair and deep voice! I like to think you are united with loved ones and are smiling down upon us. I do believe that God takes his people as if he were picking a bouquet of flowers, always taking the best ones first.

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