Clemente, William, LCDR

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Commander
Last Primary NEC
611X-Limited Duty Officer - Deck - Surface
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1971-1973, Naval Special Warfare Command (NSWC)/Naval Special Warfare Group 1 (NSWG-1)
Service Years
1943 - 1973
Lieutenant Commander
Lieutenant Commander

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Home Country
United States
United States
Year of Birth
This Military Service Page was created/owned by the Site Administrator to remember Clemente, William ( ), LCDR USN(Ret).
Contact Info
Home Town
Not Specified
Last Address
C/O MAJ Timothy M. Clemente, USAR
2581 Old Windmill Ct
Riverside, CA. 92503

Date of Passing
Sep 12, 2006
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

WW II Honorable Discharge Pin

 Unofficial Badges 

 Additional Information
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.

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Command Ashore
Naval Parachutist Badge

 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1943, Recruit Training (Sampson, NY), 3841
 Duty Stations
US NavyCommander Patrol and Reconnaissance Force 5th/7th Fleet (CPRF7F/5F)NAVSTA Norfolk, VANaval Underwater Systems Center (NUSC)
LDO/CWO Indoctrination School (Faculty Staff)USNS BOWDITCH (T-AGS-21 )USS Tidewater (AD-31)Naval Amphibious School (Faculty Staff)
Beach Jumper Unit 2 (BJU-2)Commander Naval Amphibious Forces Atlalntic (COMPHIBLANT)USS San Marcos (LSD-25)NAS Roosevelt Roads
USS Krishna (ARL-38)SERE SchoolSchool Assignments - Staff<B>US Army (USA)</b>/1st Special Forces Group (Airborne)
Naval Education and Training Command (NETC) (Faculty Staff)Beach Jumper Unit 1 (BJU-1)Naval Special Warfare Command (NSWC)/Naval Special Warfare  Group 1 (NSWG-1)
  1943-1943, Sampson
  1944-1947, Commander Patrol and Reconnaissance Force 5th/7th Fleet (CPRF7F/5F)
  1945-1952, QM-0000, NAVSTA Norfolk, VA/Atlantic Fleet Boat Pool
  1950-1950, Naval Underwater Systems Center (NUSC)/Det New London
  1951-1959, Atlantic Command Operations Control Center (LANTCOMOPCONCEN)
  1959-1959, LDO/CWO Indoctrination School (Faculty Staff)
  1959-1960, USNS BOWDITCH (T-AGS-21 )
  1960-1960, USS Tidewater (AD-31)
  1960-1962, USS Hunting (LSM-398)
  1962-1962, Naval Amphibious School (Faculty Staff)
  1962-1963, Beach Jumper Unit 2 (BJU-2)
  1963-1964, Commander Naval Amphibious Forces Atlalntic (COMPHIBLANT)
  1964-1964, USS San Marcos (LSD-25)
  1964-1964, NAS Roosevelt Roads
  1964-1964, USS Krishna (ARL-38)
  1964-1964, USS Krishna (ARL-38)
  1964-1964, SERE School
  1964-1964, HALO Jump School (US Army)
  1964-1964, US Army (USA)/1st Special Forces Group (Airborne)
  1964-1964, Naval Amphibious School (Faculty Staff)
  1965-1965, SERE School
  1965-1965, Beach Jumper Unit 2 (BJU-2)
  1966-1966, Navy Technical Training Units Only
  1967-1967, Naval Amphibious School (Faculty Staff)
  1967-1968, Beach Jumper Unit 1 (BJU-1)
  1967-1968, Naval Special Warfare Command (NSWC)/Naval Special Warfare Group 1 (NSWG-1)
  1968-1968, Beach Jumper Unit 1 (BJU-1)
  1968-1968, US Army (USA)/1st Special Forces Group (Airborne)
  1968-1968, Naval Special Warfare Command (NSWC)/Naval Special Warfare Group 1 (NSWG-1)
  1970-1971, Beach Jumper Unit 1 (BJU-1)
  1970-1971, Naval Special Warfare Command (NSWC)/Naval Special Warfare Group 1 (NSWG-1)
  1971-1973, Naval Special Warfare Command (NSWC)/Naval Special Warfare Group 1 (NSWG-1)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1960-1973 Vietnam War
  1965-1966 Operation Powerpack (Dominican Republic)
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase IV Campaign (68)
  1971-1973 Vietnam War
  1972-1973 Vietnam War
 Colleges Attended 
  1943-1973, Others/Not Listed124
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