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[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.

That appointment was cancelled on 11 February 1944 and he was reverted back to Pfc.

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.

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