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Clarence Eugene Sasser

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Clarence Eugene Sasser Famous memorial Veteran

Birth
Chenango, Brazoria County, Texas, USA
Death
13 May 2024 (aged 76)
Sugar Land, Fort Bend County, Texas, USA
Burial
Houston, Harris County, Texas, USA Add to Map
Plot
Section HB-3
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Vietnam War Medal of Honor Recipient. He received this award from President Richard M. Nixon at the White House on March 7, 1969, for his actions on January 10, 1968, as a Medical Aidman assigned to Headquarters & Headquarters Company attached to Company A, 3rd Battalion, 60th Infantry Regiment, 9th Infantry Division at Ding Tuong Province, Republic of Vietnam. His Medal of Honor citation reads, "For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Sp5c. Sasser distinguished himself while assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3d Battalion. He was serving as a medical aidman with Company A, 3d Battalion, on a reconnaissance-in-force operation. His company was making an air assault when suddenly it was taken under heavy small-arms, recoilless-rifle, machine-gun, and rocket fire from well-fortified enemy positions on three sides of the landing zone. During the first few minutes, over 30 casualties were sustained. Without hesitation, Sp5c. Sasser ran across an open rice paddy through a hail of fire to assist the wounded. After helping one man to safety, he was painfully wounded in the left shoulder by fragments of an exploding rocket. Refusing medical attention, he ran through a barrage of rocket and automatic-weapons fire to aid casualties of the initial attack and, after giving them urgently needed treatment, continued to search for other wounded. Despite two additional wounds immobilizing his legs, he dragged himself through the mud toward another soldier 100 meters away. Although in agonizing pain and faint from loss of blood, Sp5c. Sasser reached the man, treated him, and proceeded on to encourage another group of soldiers to crawl 200 meters to relative safety. There he attended their wounds for five hours until they were evacuated. Sp5c. Sasser's extraordinary heroism is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the U.S. Army."

Vietnam War Medal of Honor Recipient. He received this award from President Richard M. Nixon at the White House on March 7, 1969, for his actions on January 10, 1968, as a Medical Aidman assigned to Headquarters & Headquarters Company attached to Company A, 3rd Battalion, 60th Infantry Regiment, 9th Infantry Division at Ding Tuong Province, Republic of Vietnam. His Medal of Honor citation reads, "For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Sp5c. Sasser distinguished himself while assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3d Battalion. He was serving as a medical aidman with Company A, 3d Battalion, on a reconnaissance-in-force operation. His company was making an air assault when suddenly it was taken under heavy small-arms, recoilless-rifle, machine-gun, and rocket fire from well-fortified enemy positions on three sides of the landing zone. During the first few minutes, over 30 casualties were sustained. Without hesitation, Sp5c. Sasser ran across an open rice paddy through a hail of fire to assist the wounded. After helping one man to safety, he was painfully wounded in the left shoulder by fragments of an exploding rocket. Refusing medical attention, he ran through a barrage of rocket and automatic-weapons fire to aid casualties of the initial attack and, after giving them urgently needed treatment, continued to search for other wounded. Despite two additional wounds immobilizing his legs, he dragged himself through the mud toward another soldier 100 meters away. Although in agonizing pain and faint from loss of blood, Sp5c. Sasser reached the man, treated him, and proceeded on to encourage another group of soldiers to crawl 200 meters to relative safety. There he attended their wounds for five hours until they were evacuated. Sp5c. Sasser's extraordinary heroism is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the U.S. Army."

Bio by: Kevin Mansfield


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  • Originally Created by: Kevin Mansfield
  • Added: May 13, 2024
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  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/270247422/clarence_eugene-sasser: accessed ), memorial page for Clarence Eugene Sasser (12 Sep 1947–13 May 2024), Find a Grave Memorial ID 270247422, citing Houston National Cemetery, Houston, Harris County, Texas, USA; Maintained by Find a Grave.