CLARENCE H BURSAW
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HONORED ON PANEL 17E, LINE 41 OF THE WALL

CLARENCE HERBERT BURSAW

WALL NAME

CLARENCE H BURSAW

PANEL / LINE

17E/41

DATE OF BIRTH

07/11/1945

CASUALTY PROVINCE

QUANG TRI

DATE OF CASUALTY

03/25/1967

HOME OF RECORD

MINNEAPOLIS

COUNTY OF RECORD

Hennepin County

STATE

MN

BRANCH OF SERVICE

MARINE CORPS

RANK

PFC

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Contact Details

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR CLARENCE HERBERT BURSAW
POSTED ON 2.8.2011
POSTED BY: Robert Sage

We Remember

Clarence is buried at Crystal Lake Cemetery, Minneapolis, Hennepin County, MN. PH
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POSTED ON 5.22.2009
POSTED BY: Meghan Williams

Thankful

My name is Meghan Williams and today, my eyes were really opened to the sacrifice you, and many other veterans, made for my freedom. You don't know me and I was born long after you made your sacrifice, but I want to thank you anyway, for you giving your life, so that I am able to enjoy the freedoms I do today.
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POSTED ON 5.6.2008
POSTED BY: Lu Mosher (Gerving )

God bless

Junior was my sister-in-laws brother. We knew him since my brother married his sister. He spent a few summers on our farm in northern Mn. We have some great memories of him. It is such an tradgy so many your men loss theirs lives in war. We thank them for their services if it was not for them we would not be free,the Viet Nam vets were not honored as they should have been. Hat off to them and may God bless them.
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POSTED ON 1.5.2007
POSTED BY: Jim McIlhenney

The Faces Behind the Names

Clarence Herbert Bursaw
Marine Corps Private First Class
Born: July 11, 1945
Died: March 25, 1967

Clarence Herbert Bursaw was the fifth child born to Clarence and Grace Bursaw. We called him "Junior." There were five brothers and three sisters. Clarence went to McKinley Grade School, and then on to Patrick Henry High School. He loved to ice skate and play hockey, to swim, and to play a lot of other sports. Junior played at Camden Park and showed the younger children how to play hockey, baseball, football, and learn to swim. He also was in a play at St. Raphael's Catholic School in Robbinsdale, Minnesota. He played "Reb" in the play "Gone with the Wind." Junior was called "Reb" by his buddies in the service. He joined in April of 1965 and went to Camp Pendleton, California. After his training, he was sent to Moffat Field in California, where he was a MP. He then volunteered to go to Vietnam, and left the States in December of 1966.
Clarence's brother, James, enlisted in August of 1966, and then he also signed on to go to Vietnam. James was in the field the day his brother was killed. Clarence was killed by our own planes when they underestimated the distance. In a letter to his Sunday School teacher, he said that they prayed very often and no one had to tell them to do it. He also wrote that they had shot one of the Vietnamese water buffaloes, and they had to go and save it, as water buffaloes are special there. He talked of the snakes over there and how he wished he could take a bath more often and have clean clothes. Mud over there was like glue when it was wet, and red in color. Clarence planned on becoming a cabinet maker: he had already brought the necessary tools and paid for them himself. He also brought a Ford Ranchero pickup truck, which was almost new, and his pride and joy. He left it in the garage here at home. Junior also did odd jobs while going to school to earn his own money to spend. Coming from a big family, money did not come easy after food, clothes, and bills were paid. He loved to go fishing and played basebaall while in the service. He had three brothers in the service.
The night before we were told of his death, I woke in the night and screamed "Junior!!" He said, "Mom help me, I've hurt my legs." On Easter Monday, when the Marines came to tell us, I looked at the officer and said, "It's Clarence, isn't it?" The officer looked at me as if to say, "Who told you?"

Mrs. Grace Bursaw, mother of Clarence Bursaw

From "The Faces Behind the Names," by Don Ward.

Semper Fidelis, Marine!
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POSTED ON 3.25.2004
POSTED BY: Donald Lytle

Thank you PFC Clarence Herbert Bursaw

Although we never met personally, I want to thank you Clarence Herbert Bursaw, for your courageous and valiant service, faithful contribution, and your most holy sacrifice given to this great country of ours!

Your Spirit is alive--and strong, therefore MARINE, you shall never be forgotten, nor has your death been in vain!

Again, thank you PFC Clarence Herbert Bursaw, for a job well done!

REST IN ETERNAL PEACE MY MARINE FRIEND


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