Newton Steve ClementStaff Sergeant
A CO, 2ND BN, 502ND INF RGT, 101 ABN DIV
Army of the United States
09 November 1949 - 23 June 1970
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The database page for Newton Steve Clement
Steve Clement listed his home of record as Mena, Arkansas, but he grew up and attended schools in Odessa, Texas. He was killed in a non-hostile situation, but received a posthumous promotion to Staff Sergeant. He was also awarded an Bronze Star and Army Commendation Medal posthumously. He is remembered by the Permian Basin Vietnam Veterans Memorial located at the Midland, Texas International Airport. May his sacrifice never be forgotten.
From a Permian Basin Vietnam Veterans Memorial Representative,
Steve, many years have passed since that fateful day in 1970 when God took you home. As Top Manning came in and told us to "get it on" for a "life-saver" mission, how could we have known what would happen. As we tossed a coin to determine who would get the ammo and who would get the C's, I won the toss and said I would get the C-rations. When we agreed to meet at the chopper pad, we had no idea that would be the last time we would see each other.
You went up the hill to the ammo dump, and I was later told some "cherry" was playing with a trip flare. The dump blew up with you in it, and Doc Shenk went up the hill while it was exploding to get you out. I was some distance from there, and ordnance was coming down all over the area exploding everywhere. You died shortly thereafter without regaining consciousness. Our unit lost a good man that day, and I lost a dear friend. I have thought of you often, and have written about you in my second book. No one knows why one is taken and the other left, but I guess God just wanted another good man in Heaven that day. We miss you my brother.
From a friend,
Photo from "Babyboomer Memoirs"
I will always remember you and our talks about home and life together, in the "Boonies" of Vietnam. Two Grunts, two brothers in arms. I'm sad you did not make it back to the 'world'. You were the best. We Nam brothers will never forget you. you will be in our hearts forever.
Your fellow Grunt,
29 Apr 2005
The point-of-contact for this memorial is|
a Permian Basin Vietnam Veterans Memorial Representative,
Billy M. Brown
4015 Melody Lane, Odessa, Texas 79762
1 Aug 2004
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Last updated 04/29/2005