MARK D CLOTFELTER
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HONORED ON PANEL 22W, LINE 57 OF THE WALL

MARK DENNIS CLOTFELTER

WALL NAME

MARK D CLOTFELTER

PANEL / LINE

22W/57

DATE OF BIRTH

04/04/1947

CASUALTY PROVINCE

KONTUM

DATE OF CASUALTY

06/16/1969

HOME OF RECORD

HIALEAH

COUNTY OF RECORD

Miami-Dade County

STATE

FL

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

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LEFT FOR MARK DENNIS CLOTFELTER
POSTED ON 2.12.2015

Final Mission of WO1 Mark D. Clotfelter

On June 16, 1969, a U.S. Army helicopter AH-1G (tail number 67-15763) from 361st Aerial Weapons Company was operating in the Kontum Province (II Corps) near Ben Het when it was hit by small arms fire. The attack caused the aircraft to crash, which resulted in the deaths of the two crewmen, aircraft commander WO1 Mark D. Clotfelter and pilot WO1 Michael A. Mahowald. The helicopter had been asked to supply a clearing patrol on road when it was shot down. The aircraft crashed on top of an enemy bunker, killing two NVA soldiers. The following is an account of the incident that was provided to WO1 Clofelter’s family by his commanding officer: "At the time of the loss of your brother, on the eastern airstrip was an Air Calvary Troop from the 4th Division, (their base camp was about 5 miles south of Pleiku). Someone in the bunker requested that a reconnaissance be made of the road from Dak To to Ben Het to get a feel for the level of the entrenchment by the VC and to determine if it was feasible and or possible to run in a relief column as a ground convoy to the besieged camp. For some reason, rather than passing the request over to the Air Calvary unit as they should have done, my guys from the 361st said that they would do it. A ‘can do’ attitude. It was on this reconnaissance mission that his helicopter was hit and shot down. What was very upsetting was that it was not our unit’s type of mission to do that, to conduct a reconnaissance. We were fire support. Reconnaissance was a perfect Air Calvary Unit mission for that is what they were designed and equipped to do with scout helicopters, a few gunships, and some ground infantry troops carried by UH-1 helicopters. I was unable to get support for the ground recovery operation for several days and finally five of us just flew in with small arms, and with an overhead cover fire team, we made the recovery. After we were able to get into the site, recover the bodies and obtain positive identification, I wrote and sent my second letter to your family reporting his untimely death. I remember my first letter to you reported that his (WO1 Clofelter’s) AH-1G Cobra Attack Helicopter from the 361st Attack Helicopter Company stationed at Camp Holloway just south of the city of Pleiku Vietnam, had been hit by North Vietnamese ground fire. The helicopter, after it was hit, had turned upside down, and in that position, dropped to the earth from about 500-600 feet in altitude, crashing and immediately catching fire. His wing man circling saw the whole incident and reported that he did not think it was possible that anyone could have survived the impact, and no one was seen leaving the crash." [Taken from airwarvietnam.com]
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POSTED ON 7.13.2014
POSTED BY: Susan Clotfelter Jimison

Dear Mark

Mark,
I wrote a book about losing you and finding your helicopter unit from Vietnam. I wanted to share our story with others.Yes, the tragedy but also the good that has happened since we lost you. I am proud of you and all that you accomplished in your 22 years. Most don't do that much good in a lifetime. Others live today because you were there for them.

Not a day goes by that I don't think about you and wish things were different.
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POSTED ON 10.29.2013
POSTED BY: Robert Sage

We Remember

Mark was cremated and his ashes were scattered in the Alantic Ocean off of the coast of Florida.
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POSTED ON 8.27.2013
POSTED BY: Susan Clotfelter Jimison

Who Mark was....

Greater Love Hath No Man Than This,
That A Man Lay Down His Life For His Friend.
John 15:13



Mark loved sports cars, the Beach Boys, photography, Jan and Dean, The Ventures, Sherry, playing chess and flying. Mark was our only brother, and we hope you see that he is not just a name on The Wall..........he was a son, a brother, a friend, a cousin, a nephew, an uncle, a brother-in-law, and a fine pilot.

Mark began his tour in Vietnam on September 25,1968. He was assigned to the 361st Aviation Company Escort, The Pink Panthers, stationed at Camp Holloway in the Central Highlands. This unit primarily flew support for SOG (Studies and Observations Group) a joint service, highly classified, unconventional and clandestine operation. These missions were dangerous and demanding for both the ground elements and the supporting air assets. The 361st flew support for teams being inserted along the Cambodian and Loatian borders. These teams were from the 5th Special Forces based at Kontum.

Mark flew the AH-1G Cobra Helicopter for 9 months. During this time he was shot down twice, before being Killed in Action. On a mission not normally flown by the 361st, Mark as aircraft commander and Warrant Officer Michael Mahowald as pilot, on June 16, 1969, were shot down by hostile fire while scouting a remote highway for a convoy.

During his brief military career Mark was awarded the Army Aviator Badge, the Distinguished Flying Cross with two oak leaf clusters, the Bronze Star, the Army Commendation Medal with "V" for Valor, the Air Medal with 21 oak leaf clusters, the Purple Heart, Good Conduct Medal, Vietnam Campaign Ribbon, Vietnam Merit Medal with one bronze service star, and the National Defense Service Medal.
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POSTED ON 8.13.2012
POSTED BY: SUSAN JIMISON

Forever Young

Even forty-three years later, not a day goes by, that I don't think of my brother Mark. I hope when you see his picture you will know he was loved! And missed every day. He remains forever young!

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