Last Known Activity|
The Captain's LAST activity was concern for his family, extended family, team mates, and friends. He was a great Captain, man, and leader. He was "Lawrence of the Cau Mau Peninsula." Fair winds and following seas Dad.
William Joseph Clemente, Lieutenant Commander, United States Navy, Retired, born to William W. Clemente, Colonel, United States Army and Barbara Clemente on 15 May 1926. He is survived by his wife Kim Anh Clemente.
Sons; Dr. William A. Clemente and his wife Dr. Linda Clemente; Keith P. Clemente and his fiancé Tammy; Timothy M. Clemente, Major, United States Army, and his wife Anita Clemente; Anthony T. Clemente, Major, United States Army and his wife Bonnie B. Clemente, Captain, United States Army.
Daughters Ann L. Nyswonger and her husband David Nyswonger; Stacia A. Aspenwall and her fiancé John; Jean E. Majercin and her husband Larry Majercin; and Jacqueline G. Clemente and her husband Keith Lattman, Chief Warrant Officer, United States Marine Corps.
Sisters: Bernice Starace of Lutz FL and family; and Barbara "Babs" Tucker and her pre-deceased husband E. S. Tucker, Major, United States Marine Corps, Retired of Westmore, VT and family.
William J. Clemente entered the naval service in October of 1943 and took part in action in the pacific theater. He served during the Korean conflict and later in the Vietnam Theater. Noteworthy assignments in his 30 year naval career included numerous tours in the elite naval special warfare unit known as the Beach Jumpers.
The Beach Jumper units were highly secretive tactical deception and psychological operations units founded in WWII by Douglas Fairbanks Jr. These units later became the modern SEAL teams. He served in these units both as an enlisted man and as an officer.
Significant assignments as a Beach Jumper included Commanding Officer Beach Jumper Unit 1, Naval Amphibious Base, Coronado, California.
Assistant Officer in Charge Naval Special Warfare Group, Vietnam. He was attached to Commander of Naval Forces, Vietnam. This included the Beach Jumper (BJU), Sea Air Land Teams (SEAL), Underwater Demolition Teams , and Boat Support (BSU) units and as Assistant Officer in Charge, Naval Special Warfare Group, Western Pacific, Detachment Okinawa, Japan.
William J. Clemente, Lieutenant Commander was a qualified, naval parachutist, scuba diver, demolition, unconventional warfare and jungle warfare expert.