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SFC Clifford D. McElveen dies of cancer at the age of 56 on 17 November 1981. He was born 12 December, 1924 in Atlanta, Georgia and entered active military service in June 1943. Cliff served in combat with the 1st Special Service Force and continued service with varied Infantry units until the reactivation of Special Forces in 1952. He served with the 10th Special Forces Group in Germany, both Special Forces and 82nd Airborne Division assignments at Fort Bragg before completing his active military service with the 5th Special Forces Group in the Republic of Vietnam, where he served from 1966 to 1968. His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star w/OLC, Meritorious Unit Citation, National Defense Service Medal w/BS, Army Commendation Medal w/3 OLC, Master parachutist Badge, Vietnam Service Medal w/4 BS, Vietnam Campaign Medal w/60 Device, and 4 Battle Stars, Good Conduct Medal w/5 knots, American Theater Ribbon, European African Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon w/4 service stars, WWII Victory Medal, and Vietnamese Jump Wings. He was buried in the Fort Bragg Post Cemetery with full military honors following a memorial service held in the JFK Chapel. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Ramona L. McElveen, a stepson, Jimmy Z. Petrouski, a son, Clifford D. McElveen, Jr., a daughter, Mrs. Robin M. Quichocho, all of Fayetteville, and his mother, Mrs. Mary A. McElveen of Stanton, VA.