Van Meter, Clifford Tilden, PFC

Deceased
 
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Last Rank
Private First Class
Last Service Branch
Infantry
Last Primary MOS
345-Truck Driver, Light
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1942-1945, 345, 2nd Battalion, 159th Infantry Regiment/HHC
Service Years
1942 - 1945

Private First Class


One Service Stripe



Five Overseas Service Bars


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Home State
West Virginia
West Virginia
Year of Birth
1919
 
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Home Town
Parsons
Last Address
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Date of Passing
Jun 30, 2003
 
Location of Interment
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Infantry Shoulder Cord Honorably Discharged WW II


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Last Known Activity
PRIVATE FIRST CLASS CLIFFORD TILDEN VAN METER WAS A FARMER BEFORE HE ENTERED THE SERVICE ON 7 MARCH 1942. HE SERVED WITH ANTI-TANK COMPANY, 159TH INFANTRY REGIMENT. THE 159TH WAS ATTACHED TO THE 7TH INFANTRY DIVISION IN ALASKA WHERE PFC VAN METER SERVED FROM 5 AUGUST 1942 TO 9 AUGUST 1944. WHEN THE 159TH WENT TO EUROPE THEY WERE ATTACHED TO THE 106TH INFANTRY DIVISION PFC VAN METER SERVED IN EUROPE FROM 7 MARCH 1945 TO 24 OCTOBER 1945. AFTER RETURNING STATESIDE CLIFFORD WAS HONORABLY DISCHARGED ON 9 NOVEMBER 1945 AT FORT GEORGE MEADE MARYLAND.



He was born at Close Mountain, a son of the late Tilden VanMeter and Bertha Evans VanMeter. On April 15, 1950 at Red House, Md, he was married to the former Bernice Knapp who survives. The had celebrated 53 years of marriage.

Also surviving are a brother Harold (and Vonda) VanMeter of
Location; a sister Bernice Knapp of Morrison, CO, and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by three brothers, Richard, Robert and Maurice VanMeter and seven sisters, Vina Shaffer, Versa Price, Arna Evans Mable Haesh, Hazel Dove, Julia Miller and Doris Matzel.

He attended ath one room school at Close Mountain, served with the U.S. Army during World War II, serving in the European Theatre. 
   
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World War II
Start Year
1941
End Year
1945

Description
Overview of World War II 

World War II killed more people, involved more nations, and cost more money than any other war in history. Altogether, 70 million people served in the armed forces during the war, and 17 million combatants died. Civilian deaths were ever greater. At least 19 million Soviet civilians, 10 million Chinese, and 6 million European Jews lost their lives during the war.

World War II was truly a global war. Some 70 nations took part in the conflict, and fighting took place on the continents of Africa, Asia, and Europe, as well as on the high seas. Entire societies participated as soldiers or as war workers, while others were persecuted as victims of occupation and mass murder.

World War II cost the United States a million causalities and nearly 400,000 deaths. In both domestic and foreign affairs, its consequences were far-reaching. It ended the Depression, brought millions of married women into the workforce, initiated sweeping changes in the lives of the nation's minority groups, and dramatically expanded government's presence in American life.

The War at Home & Abroad

On September 1, 1939, World War II started when Germany invaded Poland. By November 1942, the Axis powers controlled territory from Norway to North Africa and from France to the Soviet Union. After defeating the Axis in North Africa in May 1941, the United States and its Allies invaded Sicily in July 1943 and forced Italy to surrender in September. On D-Day, June 6, 1944, the Allies landed in Northern France. In December, a German counteroffensive (the Battle of the Bulge) failed. Germany surrendered in May 1945.

The United States entered the war following a surprise attack by Japan on the U.S. Pacific fleet in Hawaii. The United States and its Allies halted Japanese expansion at the Battle of Midway in June 1942 and in other campaigns in the South Pacific. From 1943 to August 1945, the Allies hopped from island to island across the Central Pacific and also battled the Japanese in China, Burma, and India. Japan agreed to surrender on August 14, 1945 after the United States dropped the first atomic bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Consequences:

1. The war ended Depression unemployment and dramatically expanded government's presence in American life. It led the federal government to create a War Production Board to oversee conversion to a wartime economy and the Office of Price Administration to set prices on many items and to supervise a rationing system.

2. During the war, African Americans, women, and Mexican Americans founded new opportunities in industry. But Japanese Americans living on the Pacific coast were relocated from their homes and placed in internment camps.

The Dawn of the Atomic Age

In 1939, Albert Einstein wrote a letter to President Roosevelt, warning him that the Nazis might be able to build an atomic bomb. On December 2, 1942, Enrico Fermi, an Italian refugee, produced the first self-sustained, controlled nuclear chain reaction in Chicago.

To ensure that the United States developed a bomb before Nazi Germany did, the federal government started the secret $2 billion Manhattan Project. On July 16, 1945, in the New Mexico desert near Alamogordo, the Manhattan Project's scientists exploded the first atomic bomb.

It was during the Potsdam negotiations that President Harry Truman learned that American scientists had tested the first atomic bomb. On August 6, 1945, the Enola Gay, a B-29 Superfortress, released an atomic bomb over Hiroshima, Japan. Between 80,000 and 140,000 people were killed or fatally wounded. Three days later, a second bomb fell on Nagasaki. About 35,000 people were killed. The following day Japan sued for peace.

President Truman's defenders argued that the bombs ended the war quickly, avoiding the necessity of a costly invasion and the probable loss of tens of thousands of American lives and hundreds of thousands of Japanese lives. His critics argued that the war might have ended even without the atomic bombings. They maintained that the Japanese economy would have been strangled by a continued naval blockade, and that Japan could have been forced to surrender by conventional firebombing or by a demonstration of the atomic bomb's power.

The unleashing of nuclear power during World War II generated hope of a cheap and abundant source of energy, but it also produced anxiety among large numbers of people in the United States and around the world.
   
My Participation in This Battle or Operation
From Year
1942
To Year
1945
 
Last Updated:
Jan 24, 2013
   
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