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Spec Gary Reid Clodfelter
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Birth: Dec. 25, 1948
Thomasville
Davidson County
North Carolina, USA
Death: May 14, 1969
Trung Tin, Vietnam

Sp4 Gary Reid Clodfelter, Vietnam Veteran, Native of Thomasville, NC.

Sp4 Gary Reid Clodfelter was a member of the Army Selective Service and a Draftee. SP4 Clodfelter served our country until May 14th, 1969 in Quang Tin, South Vietnam. He was 20 years old and was married. It was reported that Gary died from multiple fragmentation wounds from a mine. His body was recovered. SP4 Clodfelter is on panel 24W, line 011 of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington D.C. He served our country for less than a year.

I served in the same squad in I Corps. I served with Gary in the same squad. He was a hero. William Holden, 7867 Driftwood Drive, Findlay, OH, 45840.

Gary was killed when his squad was ambushed as it was leading a task force to link up with Alpha Company, 1/46th Infantry, 196th LIB, and Echo-Recon, who had been pinned down three days. Gary was hit in the head by gunshot. He died instantly and didn't suffer. He was known as a solid, dependable man. He was missed. Alan Johnson C 1/46, 196th Brigade.

In memory of a brother-in-law whom I never had the privilege of meeting in person. To honor his ultimate sacrifice. He gave his life going to the aid of another company which was under attack. God bless Gary's memory; God bless America. The point-of-contact for this memorial is his brother-in-law, John Butt, jbutt@triad.rr.com.

Gary Reid Clodfelter is honored here by the veterans of 1/46th. "The Professionals," of 1/46 came in-country via the USS Upshur on October 4, 1967 as part of the 198th Light Infantry Brigade. The 198th became part of the Americal Division. After one month of orientation at Duc Pho, the battalion was deployed north of Chu Lai and patrolled from Hill 54, Hill 69, LZ Young and LZ Baldy in Quang Tin Province. In March of 1969, the battalion moved to LZ Professional, in the mountains southwest of Tien Phuoc, Quang Tin Province, to relieve a battered 1/52 Infantry of the 198th. In July of 1969, 1/46, which had been operating under operational control of the 196th LIB of the Americal, became a permanent member of that brigade. The battalion operated from LZ Professional until August of 1970. In February of 1970, the battalion established a temporary firebase at LZ Mary Ann, at a remote mountain site near Hau Duc, Quang Tin Province. The battalion returned to Mary Ann in the summer of 1970 and operated from there and LZ Young, which was between Tien Phuoc and Tam Ky, during 1970 and 1971. The battalion left Mary Ann in April of 1971 when the Americal Division was deactivated and the 196th Brigade reverted to its status as an independent brigade and deployed at Danang, to provide security for the port. In June, 1972, 1/46 left Vietnam. Of the names on this wall, 233 of them, close to half the battalion's actual field strength at any given time in Vietnam, were members of 1/46, or died while deployed with us. Veterans, 1st Bn. 46th Inf. 198/196 Brigades, Americal Division.

A 20-Year old North Davidson High School graduate has been killed in action in Vietnam. Mrs Sandra J Clodfelter of Route 2, High Point, was notified Tuesday by Army representatives from Fort Bragg that her husband, Gary Reid Clodfelter, has been killed. Previously he had been listed as missing in action after en engagement with the enemy on May 14. Clodfelter held the rank of Specialist 4 and had been in Vietnam since last December 1. He was born in Davidson County to Belford L. and Vivian Smith Clodfelter of Route 1, Thomasville. He was a member of Victory Baptist Church. Surviving in addition to his wife and parents are a brother, Mark Clodfelter of Route 1, Thomasville; a sister, Miss Kathy Clodfelter of Route 1, Thomasville and his grandparents, Mrs Verlie Smith of Thomasville and Mr and Mrs Roby M Clodfelter of Route 1, Thomasville.

He served with Charlie Company, First Battalion, 46th Infantry, 198th Light Infantry Brigade, Americal Division.

He was awarded The Combat Infantryman's Badge(CIB), The Bronze Star Medal, The Purple Heart Medal for his combat related wounds, The Vietnam Service Medal, The Republic of Vietnam Campaign Service Medal, The National Defense Service Medal and The Good Conduct Medal.

 
 
Burial:
Victory Baptist Church Cemetery
Thomasville
Davidson County
North Carolina, USA
 
Created by: Tom Reece
Record added: Feb 19, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 17991851
Spec Gary Reid Clodfelter
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Spec Gary Reid Clodfelter
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Spec Gary Reid Clodfelter
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What is Christmas? It is tenderness for the past, courage for the present, hope for the future. It is a fervent wish that every cup may overflow with blessings rich and eternal, and that every path may lead to peace.~ Agnes M. Pahro
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