Clarence served as a Private, Battery K, 60th Coast Artillery Regiment (Anti-Aircraft), Coast Artillery Corps, U.S. Army during World War II.
He resided in Table Rock, Pawnee County, Nebraska prior to the war.
He enlisted in the Army Coast Artillery Corps on February 24, 1941, prior to the war, in Spokane, Washington. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed as a Farm Hand and also as Single, without dependents.
Clarence became a POW of the Japanese Army during the "Fall Of the Philippines" in 1942.
He "Died While A POW" of the Japanese Army in a POW camp in the Philippines during the war.
He was awarded the Prisoner Of War Medal and the Purple Heart.
Service # 19006141
Soldiers shown on the article to the right:
Sanford, Bernard E ~ Corp, Nebraska
Thompson, Wayne E ~ Pfc, Nebraska
Morton, Clarence A ~ Pfc, Nebraska
Bio & Listing by:
Russell S. "Russ" Pickett
This information is from THE TABLE ROCK ARGUS, Table Rock, Nebr. June 3, 1943.
MORTON YOUTH WAS FIRST LOCAL WAR CASUALTY
Mr. and Mrs. Joe Morton Receive Official Word of Death of Son on May 11th.
The community was saddened last weekend with the official announcement that Private First Class Clarence Morton, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Morton, had become Table Rock;s first casualty of the war. A telegram was received by the parents, who live on a farm five miles north of Table Rock, on Friday from the U. S. Government.
The telegram stated that Clarence Morton, who was 22 years old, had died in the Philippine Islands on May 11, while a prisoner of the Japanese government. He had been captured by the Japs with the surrender of the Philippines.
Young Morton enlisted in the army very soon after his twenty-first birthday, leaving Pawnee county about April, 1942. The nature of his death is unknown, and likely never will be known, though a letter with more details is expected by the parents.
He attended the Bunker Hill school north of Table Rock, then helped his father in farming until he enlisted. Besides his parents, he leaves to mourn his death, two older brothers, Louis and Herman, and two sisters, Marie and Millie.
The contents of the telegram received by Mrs. Morton read as follows: "A report received from the Japanese government through the International Red Cross that your son, Private First Class Clarence A. Morton, who was a prisoner of war, died on May 11, 1943 in the Philippine Islands. The Secretary of War shares your grief and his deep sympathy to the parents. Letter follows. (Signed) The Adjutant General."