CHRISTOPHER L CLEARWATERS
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HONORED ON PANEL 5W, LINE 123 OF THE WALL

CHRISTOPHER L CLEARWATERS

WALL NAME

CHRISTOPHER L CLEARWATERS

PANEL / LINE

5W/123

DATE OF BIRTH

07/15/1947

CASUALTY PROVINCE

PHUOC LONG

DATE OF CASUALTY

02/20/1971

HOME OF RECORD

SEATTLE

COUNTY OF RECORD

King County

STATE

WA

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

1LT

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REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR CHRISTOPHER L CLEARWATERS
POSTED ON 2.13.2018
POSTED BY: Leslie Linder

Christopher as a child

Can anyone tell me if Chris attended army schools as a child in Germany? If so, he was a childhood friend.
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POSTED ON 12.10.2017
POSTED BY: Lucy Conte Micik

Thank You

Dear Lt Christopher Clearwater,
Thank you for your service as an Infantry Unit Commander with the 1st Cavalry. December has begun, along with all the preparations. It is so important for us all to acknowledge the sacrifices of those like you who answered our nation's call. Please watch over America, it stills needs your strength, courage and faithfulness. Rest in peace with the angels.
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POSTED ON 5.28.2017

Final Mission of 1LT Christopher L. Clearwaters

1LT Christopher L. Clearwaters was an infantry unit commander serving with A Company, 5th Battalion, 7th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division. On February 20, 1971, 1LT Clearwaters’ unit was operating to the east of FSB Snuffy in Phuoc Long Province (III Corps), RVN. Clearwaters’ unit had sporadic contact with the enemy during the day. During one of the engagements, Clearwaters was wounded. A medivac was requested but could not pick up Clearwaters due to a lack of Cobra helicopter gunship cover for the extraction. Another helicopter from the 227th Assault Helicopter Battalion, which had been supporting infantry units operating from FSB Snuffy throughout the day, attempted to pick up Clearwaters. The pilot, CPT David N. Head, executed a high overhead approach to the top of the trees where the unit had popped a smoke grenade and used chainsaws to fell trees for the aircraft to hover down into. The enemy had broken contact and no ground fire was received going into the landing zone (LZ). The soldiers loaded Clearwaters onto the bird and CPT Head executed the takeoff from the LZ. After clearing the trees and accelerating from hover to forward flight, approximately 1/8 mile from the LZ the aircraft received fire from three sides, comprised of small arms and heavy machine guns. The aircraft was approximately 40 feet above the trees with high terrain located in front and on both sides. The attack was vicious with many enemy soldiers firing at the aircraft. During the initial assault, CPT Head and the crew chief, SP4 William W. Malone, sustained fatal injuries. The aircraft commander, CW2 John E. Cleary, took over the flight and executed evasive maneuvers. Each direction he turned was met with more enemy fire. At this time the aircraft was struck on the right side near the fuel tank with a B-40 rocket which brought helicopter down and severely wounded gunner SP4 Robert Coronado. The helicopter crashed into the trees and upon impact CW2 Cleary was blown out through what remained of the nose of the aircraft, still strapped in his seat. SP4 Coronado was trapped in the aircraft, but with Cleary’s help, he managed to free himself. Their passenger, Clearwaters, was killed in the crash. A medivac arrived with a Cobra escort and engaged the enemy. Coronado and Cleary were rescued and flown to a military hospital. Coronado died the following day from wounds received in crash. Cleary was badly burned but survived, enduring several months in hospitals upon his return home. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org and vhpa.org]
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POSTED ON 9.5.2014
POSTED BY: MSG Ronald Ellars (ret)

His fathers pride and joy.

I worked for Ltc. Boyd Clearwaters (Okinawa) and I can tell you his father was very proud of both his sons.

The day he was notified of Chris death was very hard him as he had to go home and tell his wife also a great lady who I met several times.

We worked in a two man office It was an honor working for the Ltc as he was a very honorable man and I know his son was the same.

I visited their burial site in Hawaii about three years ago.
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POSTED ON 6.9.2014
POSTED BY: Leif Aamot

A sunny countenance in Vietnam.

Chris could brighten the day anywhere he was, as this photo demonstrates.
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