[courtesy of Pascal Stolte].
Clarence registered for the draft in Galesburg, IL and was inducted into
the Army at Huntington, WV on 3 October 1942
Pvt Delawder was transferred from the Reception Center,
Fort Thomas, KY to Company B, 508th PIR on 5 October 1942.
A brief blub on page 8 of the Washington Court House.
Record-Herald, Washington Court House, OH, on 22 March 1943 reported
that Pfc Delawder was on a ten-day furlough visiting with friends, Mr.
and Mrs. J. M. McBrayer and daughter, Edna and Mr. and Mrs. Harold
Shackelford and sons; Lowell Dean & Harold Williams.
On 31 August 1943, Clarence sewed on a second stripe when
he was appointed to the grade of Cpl.
appointment was cancelled on 11 February 1944 and he was reverted back
Pfc Delawder was wounded in action in Holland on 18
September 1944. It is presumed that that took place in or near
where the dog tag was found.
Dog tag of Clarence
Delawder found in wooded area near Fox Hill (circled area on map).
Still recovering from his wound,, Pfc Delawder was
transferred to the hospital's detachment of patients on 18 December
1944. He did not return to the regiment.
Clarence was discharged from the Army on 18 June 1945.
His mili8tary decorations include the Purple Heart and
the Combat Infantryman Badge awarded for action during the Normandy,
France Campaign, 6 June 1944 to 9 July 1944.