Clerkin, Joseph Patrick, SM1

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Last Rank
Petty Officer First Class
Last Primary NEC
Last Rating/NEC Group
Primary Unit
1968-1969, SM-0000, PBR-96
Service Years
1955 - 1969
Three Hash Marks

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Home State
New York
New York
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Central Islip, NY
Last Address
Central Islip, NY

Casualty Date
Apr 10, 1969
Hostile, Died
Artillery, Rocket, Mortar
Long An (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Edgewater New Smyrna Cemetery - Edgewater, Florida
Wall/Plot Coordinates
27W 048 / Section 7

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Petty Officer in Charge (Small Craft) Badge

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
US Navy
  1968-1969, SM-0000, PBR-96
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1968-1969 Operation Giant Slingshot
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
During continued Giant Slingshot Campaign operation, on 10 April PBR's on routine patrol. of the Van Co Dong River came under rocket and automatic weapons attack five miles southeast of Tra Cu. The cover boat, PBR 96, received two B-40 hits simultaneously. One rocket hit the Coxswain's flat and killed the captain, Joseph Clerking, instantly. The second rocket struck just aft of the coxswain's flat blowing down into the engine compartment, injuring the entire boat crew. The boat ran out of Control and beached on the bank opposite from the enemy ambush. The lead boat, while still under fire, reversed course, returned to the beached boat and removed the wounded personnel but was unable to recover the boat captain's body because of intense enemy fire. The lead boat cleared the kill zone to the south to a medevac position where the wounded were dusted off. Additional PBR's were scrambled from Tra Cu to go to the assistance of the engaged units. Three PBR's pulled the beached boat from and towed it back to Tra Cu with Seawolves providing air cover. Artillery fire and LHFT strikes were placed on the enemy position when the friendly forces were clear. Enemy casualties were unknown, while U.S. causalities were one killed and five wounded.  
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