PFC Raymond "Mike" Clausen, Jr. Historical

PFC Raymond "Mike" Clausen, Jr. Historical (HM1VQS)

Location: Ponchatoula, LA 70454 Tangipahoa Parish
Country: United States of America

N 30° 26.257', W 90° 27.414'

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Medal of Honor USMC

—14 October 1947 - 30 May 2004 —

Citation
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 263, Marine Aircraft Group 16, First Marine Aircraft Wing, during operations against enemy forces in the Republic of Vietnam on 31 January 1970. Participating in a helicopter rescue mission to extract elements of a platoon which had inadvertently entered a minefield while attacking enemy positions, Private First Class Clausen skillfully guided the helicopter pilot to a landing in an area cleared by one of several mine explosions. With eleven Marines wounded, one dead, and the remaining eight Marines holding their positions for fear of detonating other mines, Private First Class Clausen quickly leaped from the helicopter and, in the face of enemy fire, moved across the extremely hazardous, mine-laden area to assist in carrying casualties to the waiting helicopter and in placing them aboard. Despite the ever-present threat of further mine explosions, he continued his valiant efforts, leaving the comparatively safe area of the helicopter on six separate occasions to carry out his rescue efforts. On one occasion while he was carrying one of the wounded, another mine detonated, killing a corpsman and wounding three other men. Only when he was certain
that all Marines were safely aboard did he signal the pilot to lift the helicopter. By his courageous, determined and inspiring efforts in the face of the utmost danger, Private First Class Clausen upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service.Helicopter SquadronHMM 263DaNang RVN31 January 1970
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15R E 744232 N 3370025
Decimal Degrees30.43761667, -90.45690000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 30° 26.257', W 90° 27.414'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds30° 26' 15.42" N, 90° 27' 24.84" W
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Area Code(s)985, 225
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near LA-22, Ponchatoula LA 70454, US
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