Clower, Howard, RM3c

Deceased
 
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Last Rank
Petty Officer Third Class
Last Rating/NEC Group
Radioman
Primary Unit
1944-1945, RM-0000, USS Bennington (CV-20)
Service Years
1944 - 1946
RM-Radioman

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Home State
Mississippi
Mississippi
Year of Birth
1926
 
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Contact Info
Home Town
Liberty
Last Address
Not Specified

Date of Passing
Aug 24, 1998
 
Location of Interment
East Fork Cemetery - East Fork, Mississippi
Wall/Plot Coordinates
East Side 2nd plot from road

 Official Badges 

WW II Honorable Discharge Pin


 Unofficial Badges 

US Navy Honorable Discharge Order of the Emerald Shellback Order of the Golden Dragon


 Military Association Memberships
Famous People Who ServedWW II Memorial National Registry
  2015, Famous People Who Served [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2016, WW II Memorial National Registry


 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

Howard Gerald "Jerry" Clower (September 28, 1926 ‚?? August 24, 1998) was a popular country comedian best known for his stories of the rural south and nicknamed "The Mouth of Mississippi".

Clower was born in Liberty, Mississippi, and began a 2-year stint in the Navy immediately after graduating from high school in 1944. Upon his discharge, in 1946, he was a Radioman Third Class (RMN3).  Assigned to the USS Bennington, trained as an Amphibious Assault Radioman.

He studied agriculture at Mississippi State University, where he played college football and was a member of Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity. After finishing school, in 1951, Clower worked as a county agent and later as a seed salesman. He became a fertilizer salesman for Mississippi Chemical in 1954.

By this time, he had developed a reputation for telling funny stories to boost his sales. Tapes of Clower's speaking engagements wound up in the hands of Edwin "Big Ed" Wilkes and Bud Andrews in Lubbck, Texas, who had him make a better quality recording which they promoted. MCA Records later awarded "The Coon Hunt" a platinum album for sales in excess of $1 million at the retail level.

At first, Clower took orders at his speaking engagements, selling 8000 copies on the Lemon record label. In time, Wilkes sent a copy to Grant Turner at  WSM radio in Nashville, and when Turner played it on the air, Clower said "that thing busted loose". MCA was soon knocking on Clower's door offering him a contract. Once MCA began distribution in 1971, Jerry Clower from YAzoo City, Mississippi Talkin‚?? retailed more than a million dollars over ten months and stayed in the Top 20 on the country charts for 30 weeks.

And the rest is History!

Jerry on August 24, 1998 died of cardiorespiratory failure, at 71 after a medical procedure that he had undergone.  His wife Homerline whome he affectionately refered to as Mama in many of his stories died January 18, 2018 at 91. His oldest boy Ray died on Nov. 27, 2011. The people of Liberty, Mississippi  Jerry's hometown mourned his passing for months. They loved him just that much.  They were not the only ones.
 

   
Other Comments:
Jerry's Brother Sonny, (William E. Clower) that he spoke of in many of his stories also went into the NAVY and retired as a LCDR.
   
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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1944, Camp Peary Seabee Recruit Training (Camp Peary, VA), 444
 Duty Stations
US NavySchool Assignments - StaffSchool Assignments - StaffUSS Bennington (CV-20)
  1944-1944, SN-0000, SeeBee Recruit Training Camp Peary, VA
  1944-1944, SN-0000, (RM) Radioman A School
  1944-1944, RM-2304, Amphibious Communications School
  1944-1945, RM-0000, USS Bennington (CV-20)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Iwo Jima Operation
 Colleges Attended 
Mississippi State University
  1946-1951, Mississippi State University
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