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Ronald Cleveland Clark
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Birth: May 16, 1948
Gainesville
Hall County
Georgia, USA
Death: Jun. 22, 1967, Vietnam

SP4 - E4 - Army - Regular
173rd Airborne Brigade
Ronald Cleveland Clark
Length of service 0 years
His tour began on Mar 7, 1967
Casualty was on Jun 22, 1967
In KONTUM, SOUTH VIETNAM
HOSTILE, GROUND CASUALTY
MULTIPLE FRAGMENTATION WOUNDS
Body was recovered
Panel 22E - Line 039

Ronnie was KIA during this operation:
Dak To
In the Summer of 1967, the 4th Infantry Division's 1st and 2nd Brigades were making heavy contact with enemy forces in the Central Highlands of Vietnam, in western Kontum Province. These heavy enemy contacts prompted division commander Lieutenant General William R. Peers to request reinforcement and, as a result, on 17 June, two battalions of Brigadier General John R. Deane's 173rd Airborne Brigade were moved into the Dak Toarea to begin sweeping the jungle-covered mountains in Operation Greeley.The 173rd had been operating near Bien Hoa Air Base outside Saigon and had been in combat only against NLF guerillas. Prior to its deployment to the highlands, Peer's operations officer, Colonel William J. Livsey, attempted to warn the Airborne officers of the hazards of campaigning in the highlands. He also advised them that VN regulars were a much better equipped and motivated force than the NLF. These warnings, however, made little impression on the paratroopers, who were about to become victims of their own overconfidence.

173rd Airborne Brigade took part in Operation Junction City, conducting the only combat parachute jump of the Vietnam War. During some of the toughest fighting of the war, the Sky Soldiers blocked North Vietnamese Army incursions at Dak To during the summer and fall of 1967. This period culminated in the capture of Hill 875. Elements of the brigade conducted an amphibious assault against NVA and VC forces as part of an operation to clear the rice-growing lowlands along the Bong Song littoral. They fought in the Iron Triangle and blocked NVA incursions at Dak To duringsome of the bloodiest fighting of the war. 
 
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  Erskin Cleveland Clark (1923 - 2002)
  Betty Wilson (1928 - 2002)
 
Burial:
Alta Vista Cemetery
Gainesville
Hall County
Georgia, USA
 
Created by: Elizabeth Olmstead
Record added: Feb 19, 2010
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Ronald Cleveland Clark
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Never forgotten, ever grateful. Memorial Day, 2015
-Anonymous
 Added: May. 25, 2015

- Elizabeth Olmstead
 Added: Jan. 7, 2014
For three weeks during January and February 1967, Ft. Benning was our home and your were my friend. Our pictures from jump school decorate my office. I think of you often. I truly hope that you are resting in peace.
- A2C J. W. Dillon
 Added: Dec. 28, 2012
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