Entered the service from Mississippi.
Sergeant Clanton was a turret gunner serving with the 13th Bombardment Squadron, 3rd Bomb Group (L), 5th Air Force, World War II.
His B-25C Mitchell twin engine bomber departed Cooktown airfield, Queensland, Australia on the morning of May 25, 1942, stopping at 7 Mile Airdrome near Port Moresby.
The group of B-25's then continued on to their target, Japanese-held Lae airfield on the north side of New Guinea. Intercepted by about 15 A6M2 Zero's, Clanton's aircraft was shot down. It crashed into the sea. Only the co-pilot survived and he was able to escape and was recovered by Australian forces and he was later returned to duty.
The remaining crew members were killed in the crash of B-25C #41-12466. Sergeant Clanton's body was not recovered. He was from Grenada, Mississippi. His name is listed on the Tablets of the Missing at Manila.
Killed In Action were:
Capt. Arden M Rulison, Pilot
M/Sgt. Ray A Oliver, Bombardier
Sgt. Arthur I Friday, Radio Operator-Gunner (RAAF)
Cpl. William A Mutch, Jr, Engineer
Bio by: Tim Cook
SGT 13 BOMB SQ 3 BOMB GP (L) MISSISSIPPI