CLARK V SHAWNEE
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HONORED ON PANEL 4W, LINE 90 OF THE WALL

CLARK VERNON SHAWNEE

WALL NAME

CLARK V SHAWNEE

PANEL / LINE

4W/90

DATE OF BIRTH

01/05/1950

CASUALTY PROVINCE

QUANG TIN

DATE OF CASUALTY

03/28/1971

HOME OF RECORD

LAWTON

COUNTY OF RECORD

Comanche County

STATE

OK

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

PFC

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR CLARK VERNON SHAWNEE
POSTED ON 5.25.2019
POSTED BY: Curt Carter ccarter02@earthlink.net

Memorial Day, May 27, 2019

Dear PFC Clark Vernon Shawnee, sir.

As the American flag in our front yard flaps in the breeze, as my wife finishes the wreaths she makes for every Memorial Day, we have most of what we need to observe this Memorial Day. Yet, what we need most would be to have you and those whose names are inscribed on the Vietnam Memorial Wall with yours to be here as well. May we never forget the cost of our freedoms, and the men and women who have and continue to step forward to keep America safe.

With respect, sir.

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POSTED ON 12.2.2018
POSTED BY: wkillian@smjuhsd.org

Attack on FSB Mary Ann – March 28, 1971

In the fog-shrouded early morning hours of March 28, 1971, fifty members of a specially trained North Vietnamese Army assault force, their bodies covered with charcoal dust and grease that made them almost invisible in the dark, quietly approached Fire Support Base Mary Ann, a small U.S. Army encampment in the northern part of Vietnam in Quang Tin Province. The remote outpost with about 30 buildings, including bunkers and sleeping quarters, was defended by 231 Americans of the 196th Light Infantry Brigade, 23rd Infantry (Americal) Division, along with 22 South Vietnamese soldiers. The garrison had become lax about basic security measures, partly because of infrequent contact with the enemy. The intruders, from the 2nd Company of the 409th NVA Main Force Sapper Battalion, crouched low in three- and six-man teams, silently slipped through the barbed wire that marked the firebase’s outer defenses. Under an umbrella of NVA mortar fire, the sappers raced through the compound tossing gas grenades and canvas satchels loaded with explosives. They then directed automatic weapons fire at the demolished or burning targets. The infiltrators hit the battalion tactical operations center and C Company’s command bunker, killing CPT Richard V. Knight Jr., the company’s leader. Grunts were shot down trying to escape their quarters or buried alive when enemy explosives were hurled into their hooches. The base “was a shambles…with things burning all over the place,” wrote the Americal commander in a letter to his family. After one hour of close-quarter combat, 30 Americans were dead and 82 wounded. A count of the enemy dead showed 15 NVA bodies in and around the camp. The lost Americans included SP4 Larry D. Austin, SGT Michael J. Bayne, SGT Ronald J. Becksted, CPL Donald C. Bennett, SP4 Victor R. Bennett Jr., SGT Richard J. Boehm, SGT Richard R. Carson, SGT Clifford W. Corr, SGT Michael L. Crossley, PFC Wilbert S. Dupree Jr., SP4 James E. Edgemon, SP5 Kyle S. Hamilton, CPL Druey L. Hatfield, 1LT John L. Hogan, CPL Michael S. Holloway, SGT Myron B. Johnson, CPL William W. Kirkpatrick, CPT Richard V. Knight Jr., 1LT Carl B. McGee, SGT Larry W. McKee, PFC Laymon Palmer, PVT Steven D. Plath, SSG Terry H. Price, SSG Warren P. Ritsema, CPL Dallas D. Robinson, SGT Robert J. Schumacher, PFC Clark V. Shawnee, CPL Paul A. Sheer, SP4 Donald M. Stotts, and SP4 Roger D. Whirlow. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org and “Sapper Attack: The Elite North Vietnamese Units,” Vietnam Magazine, February 2017]
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POSTED ON 5.27.2018
POSTED BY: Curt Carter ccarter02@earthlink.net

2018 Memorial Day weekend

Dear PFC Clark Vernon Shawnee, sir

Remembering you and those you served with on this upcoming Memorial Day holiday, Monday, May 28, 2018 You are not and will not be forgotten.

May my family and I never, ever forget the price that has been paid for the freedoms we have in this country- and may your family, friends, and fellow vets know Americans will always care.

With respect, Sir
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POSTED ON 11.10.2017
POSTED BY: Charlene Allensworth

Thank you Uncle Clarkie for your sacrifice, I love and miss you!!

I was only three when you left this world, but the many many stories my family told, made our life together so memorable! One day I asked my grandma how I got my nickname Charlie Brown, she answered you gave me that nickname because I would watch the cartoon peanuts while sitting in your lap all day long, and repeatedly say, me "Charlie Brown!" They told me that I was very special to you being the only nice in the family at that time. They often tells me how generous you were and how you were a very hard worker and so giving. But I also had to endure the tears and the pain that my mom, gpa, gma, aunts and uncles endured for so many years! I never heard the song of TAPS played without tears running down my mom's eyes!! Your family did a wonderful job keeping your memory alive, I'm actually headed to Branson Missouri to celebrate Veterans Day tomorrow, and my children already know who you are and will know your sacrifices and what they mean to us!
Charlene Allensworth aka Charlie Brown
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POSTED ON 5.25.2017
POSTED BY: Curt Carter ccarter02@earthlink.net

Memorial Day 2017

Dear PFC Clark Vernon Shawnee, sir

Remembering you and those you served with on this upcoming Memorial Day holiday, May 29, 2017 You are not and will not be forgotten.

May America always stand, and may it stand for the freedom and values that you defended.

With respect, Sir

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