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PFC Raymond “Mike” Clausen Memorial

 
 
PFC Raymond "Mike" Clausen Memorial (front) image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 21, 2008
1. PFC Raymond "Mike" Clausen Memorial (front)
Inscription.
(front)
14 October 1947
30 May 2004

Helicopter Squadron
HMM 263
DaNang RVN
31 January 1970
(rear)
USMC
Medal of Honor
31 Jan 1970

PFC Raymond Mike Clausen Jr
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
PFC Raymond "Mike" Clausen Memorial (rear) image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 21, 2008
2. PFC Raymond "Mike" Clausen Memorial (rear)
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.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Medal of Honor Recipients marker series.
 
Location. 35° 13.224′ N, 80° 55.816′ W. Marker is in Charlotte, North Carolina, in Mecklenburg County. Marker can be reached from 1st Flight Drive west of Minuteman Drive, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. The marker and helicopter are located on the grounds of the Carolina Aviation Museum. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4672 1st Flight Drive, Charlotte NC 28208, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Boeing/Vertol CH-46A/E Sea Knight (a few steps from this marker); Charlotte Speedway (approx. 1.4 miles away); Graham Family Homeplace
PFC Raymond "Mike" Clausen Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 21, 2008
3. PFC Raymond "Mike" Clausen Memorial
PFC Clausen was awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroic action during a rescue mission in this Sea Knight helicopter.
(approx. 2.4 miles away); Mike McCormack (approx. 4.5 miles away); Good Samaritan Hospital (approx. 4.5 miles away); J. P. Caldwell (approx. 4.6 miles away); Romare Bearden (approx. 4.6 miles away); N. C. League of Municipalities (approx. 4.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Charlotte.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker.
 
Also see . . .  The Carolinas Aviation Museum. (Submitted on October 23, 2013.)
 
Categories. War, Vietnam
 
Medal of Honor Mission Crew image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe
4. Medal of Honor Mission Crew
PFC Raymond M Clausen burial site at Ponchatoula Cemetery, Ponchatoula LA. image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 18, 2008
5. PFC Raymond M Clausen burial site at Ponchatoula Cemetery, Ponchatoula LA.
Carolina Aviation Museum image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 21, 2008
6. Carolina Aviation Museum
 
 
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