Martin, Clarence Ames, Jr., MAJ

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Last Rank
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
1542-Infantry Unit Commander
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Officer)
Primary Unit
1950-1953, X Corps
Service Years
1944 - 1953



Two Overseas Service Bars

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
Columbia, SC

Casualty Date
Nov 29, 1950
Hostile, Died while Missing
Unknown, Not Reported
Korea, North
Korean War/UN Offensive (1950)/Eighth Army Offensive
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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Infantry Shoulder Cord

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 Military Association Memberships
Korean War Fallen
  1950, Korean War Fallen

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Combat Infantryman 1st Award

 Unit Assignments
X Corps
  1950-1953, X Corps
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1945 World War II
  1950-1950 Korean War/UN Offensive (1950)/Eighth Army Offensive
 Colleges Attended 
Virginia Military Institute
  1940-1943, Virginia Military Institute1
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Of interest in the foregoing sub-paragraph (q) is the name of Army Major Clarence A. Martin who has not been cited in past publications on the Chosin campaign. In General Smith’s Memoire we read, “These units, comprising about 230 officers and men, were sent to Hagaru-ri on 27 November to prepare for the establishment of an advance X Corps CP at Hagaru-ri. … The senior Army officer with these detachments was Major Clarence A. Martin.
“On 28 November, Major Martin called X Corps Hq by radio link and advised the Corps of the enemy build-up about Hagaru-ri. He was directed to integrate his troops in the defense perimeter of Hagaru-ri. Since his troops were east of the river, he was assigned a defensive perimeter on the ridge east of the town. … As has already been indicated, Major Martin and the Marine officer with D Co 10th Engrs were killed during the Chinese attack on the hill beginning the night of 28 November. The situation on the hill disintegrated and by morning only the reverse slope of the nose above the road remained in our hands. Losses in the units on the ridge were heavy.”
Major Martin was a decorated veteran of World War II. In Korea, he was a member of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, X Corps. He was at the forward command post near Hagaru-ri, North Korea when it was overrun by the Chinese forces on the night of November 29-30. He was listed as Missing in Action on November 29, 1950 and presumed dead on December 31, 1953. His remains were not recovered. His name is inscribed on the Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial. ** Major Martin was awarded the Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Purple Hear with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Presidential Unit Citation, the Republic of Korea War Service Medal and the World War II Victory Medal.
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