McKinnon, Clarence Lee, PFC

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Last Rank
Private First Class
Last Service Branch
Armor
Last Primary MOS
11E10-Armor Crewman
Last MOS Group
Armor (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1969-1969, 11E10, 25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning)
Service Years
1968 - 1969
Official/Unofficial US Army Certificates
Order of the Spur

Private First Class


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Home State
Florida
Florida
Year of Birth
1947
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Tampa
Last Address
Tampa

Casualty Date
Feb 02, 1969
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Location
Tay Ninh (Vietnam)
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Garden of Memories Cemetery - Tampa, Florida
Wall/Plot Coordinates
33W 042

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Order of The Spur


 Tributes from Members  
Tributes from Others posted by IN Olsen, David O, SGT 547 
Tribute from the 3/4 Cavalry Association... posted by AR Moore, John (SaberAlpha 10), MAJ 225
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  Tributes from Others: Apr 3, 2016  
   

Manuel Pino B/2/8th Cav 68-69
mpjr54@msn.com
Fellow Vietnam Army Vet
A Trp/3/4 Cav Rgt, 25th Inf Div
NOW SLEEP Peace has come. Now you can truly sleep,my son. The muddy field where you were laid Flag-draped, will now be green. Redbud and cherry blossoms can be seen Soon in bloom above your head. Arlington's Eternal Flame Flickers across granite rows To illuminate your name And then beneath it (with lightning's calm) Strikes in black the word VIETNAM On your own stone. Peace has come. Your medals may turn green In time, like your beret But forever there are those who'll say, "I live because he cared he came!"
Jul 31, 2007
 
 
Lee McKinnon
leem@student.umass.edu
Niece
131 Newbury Dr.
Tampa,FL 33615 USA
A Great Son, Brother, and Friend to All
I never got to meet my uncle, because he was serving his country. I'm told that he was a wonderful person. He was a son, brother, and a friend. He died while saving fellow army members. He sacrificed his life so that others might live. My uncle is a true hero is my eyes. We Miss You Uncle Clarence. Love Always, Your Niece-Lee
Friday, February 05, 1999
 
 
James Brian O'Keeffe
brianokeef@aol.com
1819 Milden Road
Upper Arlington,OH 43221 USA
Rememberance
I was a medic, (1968-1969) with the 3rd Platoon, A Troop, 3rd Squadron, 4th Cavalry, of the 25th Infantry Division. Clarence Lee McKinnon, was a tank (M48A3) crew-member, with A Troop's, 2nd Platoon. He was called "Mac," by us, and had not been in-country long, maybe a couple weeks, before he was killed. Mac, had joined up with us, at A Troop, at a little Fire Support Base, outside of the town, of Go Dau Ha. I remember, that I had kidded him, on looking so young, but then again, Mac, was not a tall man. He got a kick, out of me kidding him, especially when I told him, I was soon to be only nineteen. On February 2, 1969, one of our sister-units, B Troop, ran into an entrenched North Vietnamese Army regiment, (approx. 1000 troops) close to the city of Tay Ninh. A Troop rushed, to join up with B Troop, and soon became engulfed, in a ferocious battle, that lasted well into the early morning hours. The next time, I saw Mac, is when we loaded the dead, aboard helicopters. He looked, like he was just sleeping, then I bent down and stroked his hair and said, "I am sorry Mac." He was a good and decent man, and I will, always remember him.
Monday, March 01, 1999
 
 
Greg Parsons
parsonsgregory@aol.com
Sister babysat for my Mom, Pauline
300 Sheoah Blvd
Winter Springs, Fl 32708
One of my few memories of you was your attraction to my sister Sandy in the mid 60's. You wanted to take her out, but my over bearing father would not let you. You were always remembered by Sandy for that. I remembered Brenda telling the story of your bravery which cost you your life. According to my recollection, your tank came under fire and you were hit when you came out to save a buddy who'd been wounded. I cannot fathom the gap your loss has caused in your family. I know you knew my brother Gary and he was lost while serving in the Army in 1974 while home on leave. I just wanted you to know that even though I was too young to understand the war. I did remember your sacrifice.
Thursday, November 20, 2003
 
 
coley&rosa mc kinnon
clmrlm@quardra.net
Dad&Mom
15125 24st n
lutz, fl 33549
pictures&medals
a loving son
Sunday, May 02, 2004
 
 
coley & rosa mc kinnon
clmrlm@quardra.net
Sunday, May 02, 2004
 
 
doug snyder
C2555D@AOL.COM
FELLOW SOLDIER 25TH INF.
2555 MIDDLE WAY
EASTON, PA 18040 USA
NOT FORGOTTEN HERO
JUST TO LET YOU KNOW THAT YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN, HERO. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, THANK YOU FOR YOUR SACRIFICE, DOUG, CO.A 222ND MECH. INF., 25TH INF. DIV. 1968
Tuesday, August 31, 2004
 
 
Brenda Bergeron
bbergero@tampabay.rr.com
Sister
10514 Nixon Road
Tampa, FL 33624
Still Love
You are still love and I miss you very much, we have all went on with our lives because we had to and that is what you would have us do. Our lives might be differnet because you left us so soon. We have told all our children about you, from when they were little to the grown ups they are now and they all talk about you, and mom & dad enjoy it when the grandchildern see a picture and ask about you. We will always love you think about you a lot. Yes you were a good man. Love your sister
Tuesday, July 23, 2002
 
 
Thank You
Posted on 2/2/15 - by A Grateful Vietnam Vet
 
Thank you PFC McKinnon for your courage under fire.
 
 
We Remember
Posted on 5/16/10 - by Robert Sage rsage@austin.rr.com
 
Clarence is buried at Garden of Memories in Tampa, FL. SS BSM PH
 
We will always remember you love and miss you merry Christmas from all of us dad & mom
Posted on 12/24/06 - by rose McKinnon mom rmckinnon we love you son .dad and mom
 
From Sister
Posted on 4/12/03 - by Brenda Bergeron
 
What a great brother you were and I still miss you to this day and still think about the good times all of us had together, will always love you
 
You are not forgotten
Posted on 9/28/01 - by mom and dad
 
You are well known, loved, and shall never be forgotten. Love Mom & Dad.
 

   
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IN Olsen, David O, SGT 547 
   
Last Updated:
Apr 3, 2016
   
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