CLARENCE JONES
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HONORED ON PANEL 63W, LINE 17 OF THE WALL

CLARENCE JONES

WALL NAME

CLARENCE JONES

PANEL / LINE

63W/17

DATE OF BIRTH

03/07/1947

CASUALTY PROVINCE

KONTUM

DATE OF CASUALTY

05/30/1968

HOME OF RECORD

BATESVILLE

COUNTY OF RECORD

Panola County

STATE

MS

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

SP4

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POSTED ON 12.3.2022

Attack on Hill 990 – May 30, 1968

In late April 1968, Headquarters, North Vietnamese Army (NVA) 325C Division, with at least two subordinate regiments, moved into the Tri-border region west of Ben Het in the Central Highlands of South Vietnam. By early May, it began combat operations against Allied positions in Kontum Province, RVN. Intelligence gained from a captured prisoner put the strength of 325C and its subordinate regiments at 6000 men. In response to the enemy presence, Task Force Mathews was formed with two brigades (1st Brigade, 4th Infantry Division and 3rd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division) to locate, fix, and destroy the NVA 325C Division. Operation Mathews (May 24 – June 12, 1968) was initiated by Task Force Mathews on May 24th. On May 27th, the 1st Brigade air assaulted four companies from 3rd Battalion, 12th Infantry on Hill 990, approximately three miles southwest of Ben Het. At 2:30 AM on May 30th, D Company, 3/12 in their night defensive position on Hill 990 began to be probed. Thirty minutes later, the company was receiving small arms and mortar fire in increasing intensity. At 3:30 AM, a U.S. Air Force AC-47 “Spooky” gunship came overhead to support the contact. At 5:00 AM, an estimated NVA battalion launched a ground assault from the north, south, and west. The Americans fought back with unit weapons, and the fighting tapered off by 5:30 AM. Seven U.S. were killed, and fity-six were wounded. The lost personnel included (D-3/12): SP4 Gerald L. Aadland, SP4 James L. Bates, SSG Marshall D. Johnson, SP4 Clarence Jones, SP4 Paul E. Schieve, and 1LT Andrew K. Young; and (E-3/12) SGT Clem S. Lowery Jr. NVA losses were put at forty-three killed. Throughout the day, Hill 990 and nearby Fire Support Base #29 received a total of 100+ rounds of mixed 120mm mortar, 105mm howitzer, and 75mm recoilless rifle fire. Elements of A-3/8 Infantry were airlifted to Hill 990 to reinforce the position; however, the NVA attempted to interdict the lift with howitzer and recoilless rifle fire. The position was successfully reinforced by 2:30 PM on May 31st. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org and “Combat After Action Report – Operation Mathews” at cacti35th.com]
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POSTED ON 3.7.2021
POSTED BY: Donna Moore

Happy Heavenly Birthday

You will forever remain in our hearts and prayers
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POSTED ON 10.11.2019
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear Sp4 Clarence Jones, Thank you for your service as an Infantryman. Saying thank you isn't enough, but it is from the heart. Tomorrow is actually Columbus Day. The time passes quickly. Please watch over America, it stills needs your strength, courage and faithfulness. Rest in peace with the angels.
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POSTED ON 2.28.2014
POSTED BY: Curt Carter [email protected]

Remembering An American Hero

Dear SP4 Clarence Jones, 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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POSTED ON 9.27.2012

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