Keel, Clyde William, SSgt

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Last Rank
Staff Sergeant
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Primary Unit
1952-1953, 0311, A Co, 1st Bn, 5th Marine Regiment (1/5)
Service Years
1946 - 1953

Staff Sergeant

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Home State
New Mexico
New Mexico
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Home Town
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Last Address
Cliff, NM

Casualty Date
Jul 17, 1953
Hostile, Died
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Korea, South
Korean War
Location of Interment
Oak Hill Cemetery - Estherville, Iowa
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 Unit Assignments
1st Recruit Training Bn MCRD (Cadre) San Diego, CAMarine BarracksUSMC (United States Marine Corps)
Marine Barracks Yokosuka, Japan3rd Bn, 1st Marine Regiment  (3/1), 1st Marine RegimentMARTD NAS Jacksonville, FLI Co, 3rd Bn, 1st Marine Regiment  (3/1)
1st Bn, 5th Marine Regiment (1/5), 5th Marine Regiment
  1946-1946, 1st Recruit Training Bn
  1947-1947, MCRD (Cadre) San Diego, CA
  1947-1947, Marine Barracks Treasure Island, CA
  1948-1948, MARDET USNS Kwajalein, Marshall Island
  1949-1950, Marine Barracks Yokosuka, Japan
  1950-1950, H Co, 3rd Bn, 1st Marine Regiment (3/1)
  1950-1950, 0311, MARTD NAS Jacksonville, FL
  1951-1951, 0311, I Co, 3rd Bn, 1st Marine Regiment (3/1)
  1952-1953, 0311, A Co, 1st Bn, 5th Marine Regiment (1/5)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1953-1953 Korean War/Third Korean Winter (1952-53)/Battle of the Outposts (Vegas - Reno - Carson)
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Keel, Clyde William (posthumous)

    The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Sergeant Clyde William Keel (MCSN: 596471), United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity while serving with Company A, First Battalion, Fifth Marines, First Marine Division (Reinforced), in action against enemy aggressor forces in Korea on 3 February 1953. Participating in a company-size raid on two strongly fortified and well-concealed enemy positions far forward of the main line of resistance, Sergeant Keel fearlessly charged up the slope in the face of intense enemy mortar, artillery and small arms fire, clearing out the enemy trenches and bunkers until he reached the top of the objective. During the withdrawal, he repeatedly ran up and down the hill to evacuate the casualties and personally carried some of them to positions of safety. From the base of the hill, he bravely led the evacuating teams across an exposed rice paddy, which was well-mined and faced with enfiladed fire, and then set up a perimeter of defense around the casualties until they could be further evacuated. By his aggressive fighting spirit, inspiring leadership and courageous initiative, Sergeant Keel was instrumental in saving the lives of many wounded Marines and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. Born: July 18, 1929 at Deming, New Mexico. Home Town: White Plains, New York. Death: KIA: July 17, 1953 - Buried at: Oak Hill Cemetery - Estherville, Iowa.
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