CLARENCE F BLANTON
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HONORED ON PANEL 44E, LINE 13 OF THE WALL

CLARENCE FINLEY BLANTON

WALL NAME

CLARENCE F BLANTON

PANEL / LINE

44E/13

DATE OF BIRTH

09/01/1921

DATE OF CASUALTY

03/11/1968

HOME OF RECORD

EL RENO

COUNTY OF RECORD

Canadian County

STATE

OK

BRANCH OF SERVICE

AIR FORCE

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LTC

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REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR CLARENCE FINLEY BLANTON
POSTED ON 2.19.2018

The Fall of Lima Site 85

On March 11, 1968, North Vietnamese Army sappers overran the U.S. Tactical Air Control and Navigation (TACAN) site, also known as Lima Site 85, located on the summit of Phou Pha Mountain in Houa Phan Province, Laos. During the early morning attack, PAVN sappers scaled the mountain’s eastern slopes and initiated the assault on the American facility. Shortly after 8:00 AM, Air America helicopters, covered by USAF A-1 Skyraiders, attempted to evacuate the 19 personnel at the site. Only eight Americans were extracted, one of which died enroute to Udorn Air Base in Thailand. The engagement was the largest single ground combat loss of United States Air Force members during the Vietnam War. A total of 12 airmen were missing or killed in the fighting on Phou Pha; eleven were killed or missing on the ground, and one, CMS Richard L. Etchberger, was wounded after getting on the evacuation helicopter, bleeding to death during the flight. In addition, a USAF pilot, COL Donald E. Westbrook, was shot down in his A-1E Skyraider and killed while searching for survivors. By mid-day on March 11th, the USAF mission changed from recovery of the missing personnel to the bombing of Lima Site 85 to destroy any captured radar equipment. The 95 strike sorties over six days may have had the effect of obliterating some of the bodies of U.S. personnel left behind at the site. The still unaccounted-for airmen of the 1043rd Radar Evaluation Squadron include MSGT James H. Calfee, SSGT James W. Davis, SSGT Henry G. Gish, TSGT Willis R. Hall, TSGT Melvin A. Holland, SSGT Herbert A. Kirk, SGT David S. Price, TSGT Donald K. Springsteadah, and SSGT Don F. Worley. TSGT Patrick L. Shannon’s remains were repatriated April 7, 2003, and positively identified on October 31, 2005. LTC Clarence F. Blanton’s remains were accounted for on July 26, 2012. COL Westbrook, the A-1E pilot, was repatriated September 3, 1998, and his remains were positively identified on February 14, 2007. CMS Etchberger, fatally wounded on the rescue aircraft, was awarded the Air Force Cross, which was upgraded to the Medal of Honor on September 21, 2010. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org, limasite85.us, and wikipedia.org]
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POSTED ON 4.6.2017
POSTED BY: Lucy Conte Micik

THANKS

DEAR LT. COLONEL BLANTON,
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE IN THE AIR FORCE. I DO NOT KNOW YOUR MOS. BUT I AM GLAD YOU WERE IDENTIFIED IN 2012. WELCOME HOME. IT HAS BEEN FAR TOO LONG FOR ALL OF YOU TO HAVE BEEN GONE. WE APPRECIATE ALL YOU HAVE DONE, AND YOUR SACRIFICE. WATCH OVER THE U.S.A., IT STILL NEEDS YOUR COURAGE.. GOD BLESS YOU. MAY THE ANGELS BE AT YOUR SIDE. REST IN PEACE. MANY OF US HAVE BEGUN OUR JOURNEY TO EASTER. AND YOU ARE ALL IN OUR PRAYERS.
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POSTED ON 3.11.2014
POSTED BY: Curt Carter [email protected]

Remembering An American Hero

Dear LTC Clarence Finley Blanton, 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.

With respect, Sir

Curt Carter
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POSTED ON 11.20.2013
POSTED BY: Robert Sage

We Remember

The state he is buried in is Oklahoma, not Oh.
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POSTED ON 11.20.2013
POSTED BY: Robert Sage

We Remember

Clarence is buried at El Reno Cemetery, El Reno, Canadian County, OH.
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