Clay, Ambrose Wilkie J., Jr., SGT

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Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1967-1968, 11B10, 23rd Infantry Division (Americal)
Service Years
1967 - 1968


One Overseas Service Bar

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Casualty Date
Jun 07, 1968
Hostile, Died
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Quang Tin (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Nashville National Cemetery - Madison, Tennessee
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Panel/Row:56E, 21

 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord

 Unofficial Badges 

Cold War Medal Cold War Veteran Gold Star

 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  1968, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page

 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
1st Battalion, 20th Infantry11th Infantry Brigade (Light)23rd Infantry Division (Americal)
  1967-1968, 11B10, D Company, 1st Battalion, 20th Infantry
  1967-1968, 11B10, HHC, 11th Infantry Brigade (Light)
  1967-1968, 11B10, 23rd Infantry Division (Americal)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1967-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase III Campaign (1967-68)
 Additional Information
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SGT - E5 - Army - Regular
11th Light Infantry Brigade
Length of service 1 years
His tour began on Dec 5, 1967
Casualty was on May 7, 1968
Body was recovered
Panel 56E - Line 21

At 0010hrs Bravo Company 1-6 Infantry which again was somewhat next, to our Night Defense Position received 26 82mm rounds. At 0715hrs started morning out with 6-7 sniper rounds responded with artillery, which was followed by 10 more rounds form area around BT070239. At 0842hrs Delta Company received small arms and automatic fire from BT075233 and fire form BT080238. At 0936hrs Helix 25 Forward Air Controller the jet fighters on the air strike received small arms and automatic weapons fire. At 1000hrs the FAC spotted an enemy platoon sized unit moving on the ground. Artillery was fired at the target until additional jets arrived. At 1025hrs one of the A-4 jets for the air strike at BT076226 took .50 cal hit in his wing tank and broke station to return to CHU LAI. He made a successful forced landing. Delta Company began moving up the hill taking Automatic weapons fire and Small arms fire and at 1130hrs Delta Company Dusted Off one WHA with hand grenade frag wounds Dust Off vicinity BT074232 completed at 1143hrs. At 1215hrs an A-1 Sky-raider aircraft exploded after taking hits in the wing section. The aircraft was shot down at BT070225, but the pilot bailed out and was recovered at BT175153. At 1300hrs when air strike where completed, mortars from LZ Center, and 155mm and 175mm artillery were fired into the area. At 1330hrs Delta Company moving out on new objective Hill 352 it will take approximately 2 hours to reach objective. At 1335hrs Delta Company received 15 rounds of automatic weapons fire during their move up and could heard mortars to their front. At 1545hrs Delta Company reports in heavy contact receiving hand grenades, small arms fire and automatic weapons fire, pull back call air strike, At1600hrs Delta Company continued to flank and move fighting up the hill made our first assault probe on Hill 352 at BT074226 around 1900hrs. But with heavy contact with large unknown size force was force to fall back with darkness and poor defense position and heavy small arms fire and automatic weapons fire, results US KHA 2 and WHA 6. Drop back down the hill where we cut through and set up ambush and Night Defense Position on the side of Hill 352 vicinity BT072229. Delta Company unable to get Dust Off, the WHA that evening because of the location and close contact with enemy and keep them still morning. SGT. AMBROSE WILKIE CLAY (died of wounds) and PFC. GEORGE TL WALKER were the KHA and both where carried down. Delta Company reports the following SP4 Gary L. Sanner was evac to NSA Hospital Da Nang, also PFC Darryl Lashinsky and SGT William F. Watson where also evac.

From the 1st Battalion 6th Infantry Account: May 17, 1968 final taking of Hill 352.

"Soldiers had attempted to assault the enemy bunker complex near 352, but with little success. Their positions were deemed (impregnable). Company size force of North Vietnamese Army regulars were positioned in well fortified, dug in bunkers over six feet deep with reinforced covers. And "S" shaped tunnels as the only means of entrance or exit. The enemy was armed with small arms and automatic weapons, heavy machine guns, rockets (RPG), and 60mm mortars. These positions later where found to be well supplied with ammunition, food, and water. The enemy had excellent fields of fire on any attacking force, as the gently sloping ridges around Hill 352 had a few normal terrain features to provide cover and little foliage due to air strikes in the area. The day of the attack by the combined units from the two-infantry battalions was bright, sunny, and extremely hot."

Vietnam Wall Panel coords 56E 021

Donna Turner Horton
Sgt., Ambrose Wilkie J Clay, today, on your birthday we say, thank you, for all, you gave, for freedom. The cost so very great, for you and your family. It is, a honor, to write, on your Memorial, page, sir. Thank you.
Feb 6, 2010


manny g
Fellow Veteran 69-70 An Khe
Union Gap, WA. 98903
“You are Remembered”
Peace and condolence, to the family and friends. “He which hath no stomach, to this fight, let him depart. But we in it, shall be remembered. We few, we happy few, we band of brothers!! For he today, that sheds his blood with me, shall always be my brother.” Rest in peace brave soldier, you have not been forgotten. (W.Shakespeare) May God Bless you, for your Sacrifice!!!
May 7, 2007


Harold Gilbert
High School Friend
4046, W., Tonopah DR., Glendale, AZ., 85308, United States
A Good and Kind Person
Our paths crossed often, in our youth. Ambrose and I, played basketball on the playgrounds, of Nashville. He was always, a gentle soul. I found out, that he was killed, many years later. In 2001, I went to the wall, to try and settle my self, from my bad memories, of Viet Nam. I salute, a fallen friend and classmate. "God Bless!"
Tuesday, May 31, 2005
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