Clarence H Washington, Jr

Staff Sergeant
Army of the United States
06 August 1943 - 09 May 1968
Newburgh, IN
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Combat Infantry

Purple Heart, Army Good Conduct, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Clarence H Washington, Jr

17 Mar 2001

I was not sure what to say as I begin trying to trace a 30 year old journey into my past. Like many others, I too lost my father in Vietnam, although I know spiritually he is always with me. I see his face in my own children, although I never saw his. I do not regret his decision to return to Vietnam to fight for a second tour, it was his duty as he saw it.

But I do miss him. I miss him a lot. I miss a man I never had a chance to talk to, to hold, to sit on his lap and have him tell me a story. There is a hole in my heart, never to be filled. I wonder if he would be proud of me, of what I have become. Without ever having him physically here, I still believe that based on the life he lived and the values he stood for, I can model myself after him.

It hits me at odd times, the missing feelings. Sometimes it's tough, sometimes it's too much.

I just really miss my dad, I wish he was here, I wish he could see me, I wish I could see him. I would give anything to just talk to him once. But all I have are fading photographs and so many unanswered questions.

I love you, dad.

A Note from The Virtual Wall

C Company, 2/47th Infantry, lost six men on 9 May 1968:
  • 1LT Frederick R. Casper, Fond Du Lac, WI
  • SSG Paul R. Standridge, Anniston, AL
  • SSG Clarence H. Washington, Newburgh, IN
  • CPL Kenneth W. Arnold, Chicago, IL
  • CPL Merrill A. Moser, Baldwin, AL
  • PFC Thomas W. Cranford, Redding, CA

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