Remembering An American HeroPosted on 3/29/16 - by Curt Carter firstname.lastname@example.orgDear PFC Layne Farell Clifton, sirMORE
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, Sir
Semper Fi Marine.Posted on 5/9/14 - by A Marine, Quang Tri
A remembrance from a fellow MarinePosted on 2/17/13 - by Stephen W. Amodt
Layne was from Utah and was married with a small son. I never saw pictures of his family but we talked about them at length. I showed him pictures of my girlfriend and how much I loved her. He and I attended Infantry Training Regiment (ITR) at Camp Pendleton after the 9 weeks' boot camp at MCRD, San Diego. We were in separate platoons in boot but the same one in ITR. Following 3 weeks there, we then attended Basic Infantry School (BIS), at Pendleton where we picked up our military operational skills (MOS). We were trained to use the 3.5' rocket launcher which was people refer to as a bazooka, the 70# flame thrower........which scared us all, and lastly, the 106 recoilesss rifle which was essentially a howitzer and something the NVA and VC dreaded. Layne and I served together at ITR, BIS and staging battalion before we got to Vietnam. We spent lots of time together and got to know one another really well. I can say that he was one of the best friends I ever had as he was such a mellow guy and so charismatic. He was quick to smile, and laugh. I have not forgotten his face, or anything about him. I think he sensed that I had some growing up to do, so we spent time getting to know Okinawa where we trained until our combat unit came back from Vietnam and, after more training, we went to the 'Nam, as some called it.
Layne and I were with an infantry company Fox Company 23, from sometime early in 1967, until the ambush that two of our platoons walked into which wiped out pretty much both platoons, about 60 Marines. On that fateful 9 May 1967, it was between Layne and I who would accompany that patrol. Somehow he won our pick for who would go. I told him I would go since he was married and I was younger, single and nowhere near as mature as he but he went anyway. We heard the firing sometime after they had left our company perimeter. It sounded like hell broke loose. We got reinforcements from all over the place to get to their aid but by then the damage was done: about 30 killed another 30 or so, wounded.
I never saw Layne again. What I did see was the massive pile of combat gear that one of CH46s (helos) dropped off at our company perimeter. There was much blood soaked gear; packs, cartridge belts, weapons, helmets, ammo, flak jackets, etc. In sorting through the pile, for I was deeply worried about Layne and all our brother Marines, I came upon his helmet which was intact. I never learned what happened to him and emails from one who survived that ambush, couldn't tell me about anyone in particular as men were dying in front of him and struggling to find targets.
We RememberPosted on 9/28/06 - by Robert Sage email@example.comLayne is buried at Sunset Park Cem, Lakeview, OR.
Never ForgottenPosted on 3/23/06 - by Bill Nelson firstname.lastname@example.orgFOREVER REMEMBEREDMORE
"If you are able, save for them a place inside of you....and save one backward glance when you are leaving for the places they can no longer go.....Be not ashamed to say you loved them....
Take what they have left and what they have taught you with their dying and keep it with your own....And in that time when men decide and feel safe to call the war insane, take one moment to embrace those gentle heroes you left behind...."
Quote from a letter home by Maj. Michael Davis O'Donnell
KIA 24 March 1970. Distinguished Flying Cross: Shot down and Killed while attempting to rescue 8 fellow soldiers surrounded by attacking enemy forces.
We Nam Brothers pause to give a backward glance, and post this remembrance to you, one of the gentle heroes lost to the War in Vietnam:
Slip off that pack. Set it down by the crooked trail. Drop your steel pot alongside. Shed those magazine-ladened bandoliers away from your sweat-soaked shirt. Lay that silent weapon down and step out of the heat. Feel the soothing cool breeze right down to your soul ... and rest forever in the shade of our love, brother.
From your Nam-Band-Of-Brothers
Remembering my Dear Friend Layne CliftonPosted on 10/12/02 - by Stephen W. AmodtYou were and always will be my friend. We were together through ITR, BIS, Staging and served together with 2/3 in Vietnam. We spent many hours together on Okinawa before going to RVN. You were older and more mature than I. I cherished our friendship.I think of you often after all these years, Layne. I cannot forget the agony I felt the day you and all those others died on that ambush on May 9th 1967. For those who may read this, know that Layne was a terrific person, a loyal, dependable deeply devoted Marine. A patriot. A friend to all of us. I see your face and hear your voice as I type this. I miss you, my friend. You are a hero and always will be. The day you left us, the world became something less than what it was with you. I never told you how much I valued our friendship. Rest in peace my friend.MORE
MARINE FROM LAKEVIEW, OREGON IS REMEMBERED!Posted on 9/5/01 - by Karen SheerMarine from Lakeview, Oregon, that's who you were. Layne F. Clifton at the age of 21 you gave the ultimate sacrifice for my friends, my family and me.MORE
I personally did not know you. I remember seeing you in the halls of the high school with all the other upper classmates. My husband, Lance talked about you many times. He told me stories of the fun you two had growing up. He loved you very much. My heart smiles with the thought you two are together once again.
Your father, Glenn and I talked on several occasions after you were gone. We reminisced about Jim, Paul and you all being taken from our small community here in Southern Oregon, and each of you fighting for our country to keep it safe and free. There are no words for the void we carry for each of you. You are truly missed.
My words seem small, Layne, compared to what you endured and did for me. In return, I can only offer a kind word and keep you in my prayers. Thank You!
Today would have been your 56th birthday. I write this remembrance in celebration of your day. You have not been forgotten and will be forever carried in my heart and remembered as my friend, classmate and American Hero!
May God Be With You!
The Wall of Faces
Brought to you by the organization that built The Wall, the Vietnam Veterans Virtual Memorial Wall is dedicated to honoring, remembering and sharing the legacies of all those who died in the Vietnam War. Here you can go beyond the names on The Wall to see the faces, share the stories and read the remembrances posted by friends, neighbors, classmates and family members.
All of these photos will be showcased in The Education Center at The Wall on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. To learn more about the effort to collect these photos and ensure their faces will never be forgotten, visit www.buildthecenter.org.