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PFC Raymond Michael Clausen, Jr

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PFC Raymond Michael Clausen, Jr

  • Birth 14 Oct 1947 New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana, USA
  • Death 30 May 2004 Dallas, Dallas County, Texas, USA
  • Burial Ponchatoula, Tangipahoa Parish, Louisiana, USA
  • Memorial ID 8896589

Viet Nam Congressional Medal of Honor recipient. Private First Class assigned to Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 263, Marine Aircraft Group 16, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, Republic of Vietnam. He recieved the highest military award for rescuing a Marine platoon trapped in a minefield during the Vietnam War. In the Marine Corps, Pfc. Clausen spurned authority and was repeatedly demoted after every promotion. He vowed to come home a live private before coming home as a dead sergeant. On Jan. 31, 1970, serving with Medium Helicopter Squadron 263, He was on a mission to extract members of another latoon near Da Nang caught in a minefield while attacking the enemy. Under heavy fire and fear of tripping a mine had them frozen in their places. Clausen, the crew chief of his CH-46 helicopter, identified a safe landing spot in an area that had been cleared by a mine explosion. Although told by the aircraft commander not to leave the chopper, Clausen ignored him, a total of six times, as he repeatedly left the safety of the helicopter to help retrive one dead and 11 wounded Marines. He then sought to guide the eight remaining Marines to the copter; while carrying a wounded man, a mine exploded, killing a nearby corpsman and wounding three Marines. His citation noted that "Only when he was certain that all Marines were safely aboard did he signal the pilot to lift the helicopter." Other decorations include the Purple Heart and the Air Medal. After his military Service he was an inspector for the Boeing Co. A public speaker to veterans groups, he suffered from poor health.

Bio by: Fred Beisser





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  • Originally Created by: Fred Beisser
  • Added: 10 Jun 2004
  • Find A Grave Memorial 8896589
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for PFC Raymond Michael Clausen, Jr (14 Oct 1947–30 May 2004), Find A Grave Memorial no. 8896589, citing Ponchatoula Cemetery, Ponchatoula, Tangipahoa Parish, Louisiana, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .