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Sgt Clarence Leon “Boone” McNeill

Sgt Clarence Leon “Boone” McNeill

Birth
Goldsboro, Wayne County, North Carolina, USA
Death 5 Feb 1969 (aged 21)
Salavan, Saravan, Laos
Burial Warsaw, Duplin County, North Carolina, USA
Memorial ID 15899426 · View Source
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US Air Force Sgt Clarence Leon McNeill, Vietnam Veteran and resident of Warsaw, NC.

US Air Force Sergeant Clarence Leon McNeill was a casualty of the Vietnam War. As a member of the Air Force, SGT McNeill served our country until February 5th, 1969 in Laos. He was 21 years old and was not married. It was reported that Clarence died when his plane crashed. His body was recovered. Clarence was born on June 30th, 1947 in Goldsboro, North Carolina. SGT McNeill is on panel 33W, line 066 of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington D.C. He served our country for 2 years.

We were stationed at Pleiku together, you were my friend, my drinkin' buddy, my poker buddy. Remember the night we cleaned up at black-jack at the NCO club!! Bill Draeger.

Sgt Clarence L. ‘Boone’ McNeill was killed in action on 5 February 1969, when the EC-47 aircraft tail number 45-1133, call-sign CAP 72, on which he was serving as an Airborne Cryptologic Linguist, was downed by enemy fire over Laos. Sgt McNeill was born on 30 June 1947 in Wayne County, North Carolina and graduated from James Kenan High School, Warsaw, North Carolina in 1965. After high school, Sgt McNeill attended East Carolina University until he joined the Air Force. Sgt McNeill enlisted in the U.S. Air Force on 27 June 1966. He completed basic training at Lackland AFB, Texas and Vietnamese language training at the Defense Language Institute, California and technical training at Goodfellow AFB, Texas. Following completion of training in January 1968, he was assigned to the 6990th Security Group, Kadena Air Base, Okinawa. On 29 May 1968, Sgt McNeill was reassigned to Det 2, 6994th Security Squadron, Pleiku Air Base, Vietnam.

Sgt McNeill was posthumously promoted to the grade of Sergeant on 1 June 1969. His awards and decorations include the Distinguished Flying Cross, Purple Heart (Posthumously), Air Medal (3rd OLC), Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, and Vietnam Service Medal. On 11 November 1987, the 301st Security Squadron at Misawa Air Base renamed its auditorium the “ McNeill Memorial Auditorium” in his memory. In 2004, an enlisted housing dormitory on Ft. Meade, Maryland was renamed McNeill Hall in his honor.

He served as a Sergeant at 6994th Security Squadron, 460th Tactical Reconnaissance Wing, 7th Air Force.

He was awarded 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, The Air Force Good Conduct Medal, The Air Medal with Multiple Oak Leaf Clusters.

Originally buried in the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. His remains were re-interred in his family plot in NC next to his parents Nov.28, 2014. The marker photo is of the one in Jefferson Barracks.

Nine others died in this same incident:
CPT Walter F Burke ,
SSGT James V Dorsey ,
MSGT Wilton N Hatton ,
MAJ Robert E Olson,
TSGT Louis J Clever ,
SSGT Rodney H Gott ,
MAJ Homer M Lynn ,
LTCOL Harry T Niggle,
TSGT Hugh C Sherburn





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  • Maintained by: Tom Reece
  • Originally Created by: Robert
  • Added: 26 Sep 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 15899426
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Sgt Clarence Leon “Boone” McNeill (30 Jun 1947–5 Feb 1969), Find A Grave Memorial no. 15899426, citing Devotional Gardens, Warsaw, Duplin County, North Carolina, USA ; Maintained by Tom Reece (contributor 46857744) .