CLIFFORD L TARBELL
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HONORED ON PANEL 12W, LINE 126 OF THE WALL

CLIFFORD LAWRENCE TARBELL

WALL NAME

CLIFFORD L TARBELL

PANEL / LINE

12W/126

DATE OF BIRTH

05/08/1949

CASUALTY PROVINCE

THUA THIEN

DATE OF CASUALTY

04/11/1970

HOME OF RECORD

BOMBAY

COUNTY OF RECORD

Franklin County

STATE

NY

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

SP4

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR CLIFFORD LAWRENCE TARBELL
POSTED ON 5.25.2020
POSTED BY: Mary DeWitt

For his family

(May 21, 2020)...sisters Faith Graffis and Mamie David walked up to the statue of the three service members looking at the wall. “This is our older brother Clifford Tarbell,” said Graffis as she held a photo of her brother in his Army uniform. The women come from a big family. “My mother had 17 children,” David said with a laugh. “We’re in the middle of the pack.”
All the living siblings were supposed to travel to Washington last month, on the 50th anniversary of Clifford’s death. “He was killed in action on April 11, 1970,” said Graffis.
The coronavirus cancelled those plans, yet when the sisters found themselves at the memorial on their parents’ anniversary during the quiet wreath ceremony, they said it was meant to be. “To see this was just serendipitous,” said David. For the first time in their two dozen trips to the wall, they were alone.
“Twenty. He was just a boy. He was just a boy,” recalled David.
“Left a big hole our entire lives,” said Graffis.
The family is Native American; Mohawks from the Iroquois Confederacy. “We’re a small native community in Upstate New York. He was drafted. In our community there were four that went to the service and didn’t return,” explained David.
“In his last letters, he was counting down the days to when he could come home,” said Graffis.
The sisters were just 9 and 17 years old when Clifford died. The pain from that hollow knock at the door from an Army officer is still there five decades later.
Four days before Memorial Day, they had a peaceful moment with their big brother alone at the wall. (story and photo credits: Victoria Sanchez/ABC7, WJLA-TV)
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POSTED ON 4.11.2019
POSTED BY: John Braun

In Honor

Clifford, You are remembered. Mohawk Warrior.
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POSTED ON 4.11.2018
POSTED BY: John Braun

In Honor

Clifford, You are remembered and honored. Will try and visit your grave this year.
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POSTED ON 4.11.2017
POSTED BY: John Braun

In Honor

Clifford, You are remembered and honored.
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POSTED ON 4.12.2016
POSTED BY: John Braun

In Honor

The members of Facebook Group 'Native Americans On the Vietnam Memorial Wall' remember and honor you. Rest In Peace Clifford.
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