CLARENCE W STODDARD JR
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HONORED ON PANEL 10E, LINE 95 OF THE WALL

CLARENCE W STODDARD JR

WALL NAME

CLARENCE W STODDARD JR

PANEL / LINE

10E/95

DATE OF BIRTH

01/30/1927

CASUALTY PROVINCE

NZ

DATE OF CASUALTY

09/14/1966

HOME OF RECORD

ATLANTA

COUNTY OF RECORD

Elmore County

STATE

ID

BRANCH OF SERVICE

NAVY

RANK

CDR

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Contact Details
STATUS

MIA

REMEMBRANCES

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POSTED ON 10.7.2019
POSTED BY: KR

Commander Clarence W. Stoddard, USNA 1949 - POW/MIA RECOGNITION DAY 2019

The Department of Defense conducted a ceremony at the Pentagon on Friday, 20 September 2019 in recognition of POW/MIA Recognition Day. Deputy Defense Secretary David L. Nordquist remembered the 1,587 MIAs from the Vietnam War as well as all those still unaccounted for from WWII, the Korean War, the Cold War and other conflicts. Since the 2018 Ceremony, DPAA has positively identified 7 Vietnam War MIAs. Commander Clarence William Stoddard Jr., USNA Class of 1949, is one of those 1,587 MIAs unaccounted for in Southeast Asia from the Vietnam War. He is one of 3 graduates from his U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis class of 1949 who is still MIA. His other two USNA 1949 MIA classmates are CDR Edgar Rawsthorne and CDR Leonard Vogt.

This is the link to the DoD story about the ceremony:

https://www.defense.gov/explore/story/Article/1967474/prisoners-of-war-missing-in-action-remembered-at-pentagon-ceremony/

This is the link to the C-Span video of the ceremony:

https://www.c-span.org/video/?464524-1/pentagon-hosts-national-powmia-recognition-day-ceremony
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POSTED ON 9.14.2019
POSTED BY: A Grateful Vietnam Veteran

Distinguished Flying Cross Award

CITATION:
The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross (Posthumously) to Commander Clarence W. Stoddard, Jr, United States Navy, for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight while engaged in combat operations against insurgent communist guerrilla forces in Southeast Asia on 10 June 1965. Commander Stoddard, as strike coordinator, planned and led an aerial striking group of twelve fighter planes on an attack against the thermal power plant in North Vietnam in the face of heavy cloud cover, thunderstorms, rain and low visibility in the target area. Placing his own section of aircraft directly over the target and above the bombing pattern, he coordinated the simultaneous attacks of propeller aircraft and jets and pinpointed specific targets to be bombed within the power plant complex. In order to mark many of these target positions, he made numerous strafing attacks, thereby showing the way for other aircraft. As a direct result of his efforts, a possible deteriorating situation was averted and 75 per cent of the entire power plant complex was destroyed.

See https://valor.militarytimes.com/hero/305572
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POSTED ON 1.30.2019
POSTED BY: kr

CDR CW Stoddard - USNA Class of 1949

Commander Clarence William Stoddard Jr. graduated with the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis Class of 1949. He is one of 1,590 Americans still MIA in Southeast Asia from the Vietnam War. Remembered on what would've been his 92nd birthday.
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POSTED ON 1.30.2017
POSTED BY: Dennis Wriston

I'm proud of our Vietnam Veterans

Commander Clarence William Stoddard Jr., Served with Attack Squadron 25 (VA-25), Carrier Air Wing 2 (CVW-2), USS Coral Sea, Task Force 77 (TF-77), 7th Air Force.
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POSTED ON 12.9.2015
POSTED BY: Chris Stoddard

My Hero

CDR Stoddard is my grandfather. He was KIA when my father, the oldest of 6 kids, was 15 years old. As a kid I was always intrigued by my grandpa's legacy, so much so that I went to school for Civil Engineering then joined the military to fly. I only wish I knew more about him. If anyone has pictures, stories, videos, etc please look me up or email them to me. I would always like to know more about him.

Capt Christopher "Pyro" Stoddard, USMC
[email protected]
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