CLARENCE L MCNEILL
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HONORED ON PANEL 33W, LINE 66 OF THE WALL

CLARENCE LEON MCNEILL

WALL NAME

CLARENCE L MCNEILL

PANEL / LINE

33W/66

DATE OF BIRTH

06/30/1947

CASUALTY PROVINCE

LZ

DATE OF CASUALTY

02/05/1969

HOME OF RECORD

WARSAW

COUNTY OF RECORD

Duplin County

STATE

NC

BRANCH OF SERVICE

AIR FORCE

RANK

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REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR CLARENCE LEON MCNEILL
POSTED ON 6.20.2023
POSTED BY: john fabris

honoring you....

There is a place
Not far from here
Where spirits walk
And heroes live
And honor still resides.

It is a wall
With names inscribed
Of those who served
When they were asked...
The brothers of my youth.

I go there still
To walk and think
About my life,
And what I've done since
And things that might have been.

There is a debt
I can't repay
Too many lives were spent.
And one man's life cannot suffice
To make their deaths worthwhile.

But there is hope
In the memory
Of those we leave behind
Who know the price that freedom brings
Who can carry on in kind.

I send you now
To touch a name
So the vision can be passed
Remember there is honor still
It is for you to see it lasts.

They are not dead
And have a wish
As all old soldiers do
The reflection you see before you now
Is their wish to live in you.
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POSTED ON 9.9.2020
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear Sgt Clarence McNeill, Thank you for your service with the 699th Security Squadron. Saying thank you isn't enough, but it is from the heart. This Friday is the anniversary of the terror attacks. Time passes quickly. Please watch over America, it stills needs your strength, courage and faithfulness, especially now. Rest in peace with the angels.
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POSTED ON 7.23.2018
POSTED BY: Brandt Jordan

Lasting Impression

I was a small boy of 8 or 9 years old playing on the Warsaw Lions Little League Team when I met Boone. He helped coach our team one summer. You occasionally meet people in life that make a lasting impression. It was that way with Boone. I remember him as a genuinely good person. He was in High School. There were other things he could have done that summer but he chose to help us. It was a real shock when I heard what happened to him. I can only tell you he is not forgotten.
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POSTED ON 5.25.2017
POSTED BY: William Schottel

Final Mission:SGT. Clarence Leon 'Boone' McNeill" 6994TH SEC SQDN, 460TH TAC RECON WING, 7TH AF

Sgt. Clarence L. ‘Boone’ McNeill was killed in action on 5 February 1969, when the EC-47 aircraft tail number 45-1133, call-sign CAP 72, on which he was serving as an Airborne Cryptologic Linguist, was downed by enemy fire over Laos.

Sgt. McNeill was born on 30 June 1947 in Wayne County, North Carolina and graduated from James Kenan High School, Warsaw, North Carolina in 1965. After high school, Sgt McNeill attended East Carolina University until he joined the Air Force.

Sgt McNeill enlisted in the U.S. Air Force on 27 June 1966. He completed basic training at Lackland AFB, Texas and Vietnamese language training at the Defense Language Institute, California and technical training at Goodfellow AFB, Texas. Following completion of training in January 1968, he was assigned to the 6990th Security Group, Kadena Air Base, Okinawa. On 29 May 1968, Sgt McNeill was reassigned to Det 2, 6994th Security Squadron, Pleiku Air Base, Vietnam.

Sgt McNeill was posthumously promoted to the grade of Sergeant on 1 June 1969. His awards and decorations include the Distinguished Flying Cross, Purple Heart (Posthumously), Air Medal (3rd OLC), Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, and Vietnam Service Medal.

On 11 November 1987, the 301st Security Squadron at Misawa Air Base renamed its auditorium the “ McNeill Memorial Auditorium” in his memory.

In 2004, an enlisted housing dormitory on Ft. Meade, Maryland was renamed McNeill Hall in his honor.

SGT McNeill was initially interred in a communal grave at section 81, site 347, Jefferson Barracks Cemetery, St. Louis, Missouri. However, through advanced DNA testing his remains were identified and on 28 November 2014, he was finally laid to rest in his family plot at the Devotional Gardens Cemetery, Warsaw, NC. His name is engraved on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall on Panel 33W, line 66.
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POSTED ON 12.3.2014
POSTED BY: Robert Sage

We remembere

Clarence has now been buried next to his parents at Devotional Gardens Cemetery in Warsaw,NC.
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