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Clarion County Remembers World War II

Let Us Keep Forever The Freedom For Which They Served

 
 
Clarion County Remembers World War II Monument image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., August 14, 2022
1. Clarion County Remembers World War II Monument
Inscription.  
This monument honors the 16 million men and women who served
in the U.S. Armed Forces during World War II including the more
than 400,000 who gave their lives and the millions at home
who supported the war effort.

[Ruptured Duck emblem]
The emblem with the spread eagle was awarded to all honorably
discharged personnel on a small lapel pin. The emblem was called
the "Ruptured Duck" and proudly worn by all World War II veterans.

U.S. Army
In the European Theatre, the Army played a central role in
the liberation of Europe and the German defeat.
Major European Battles
Algeria - French Morocco - Tunisia - Sicily - Naples-Foggia - Salerno
Anzio - Monte Cassino - Rome - Normandy (D-Day) - Battle of the Bulge
Paris - Rhineland - Berlin

In the Pacific Theatre, the Army participated in the "island hopping"
campaign that wrested the Pacific islands from Japanese control.
Major Pacific Battles
Pearl Harbor - Philippine Island - China-Burma-India - Aleutian Islands
Gilbert Islands - Marshall Islands - Leyte
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- Okinawa - Guadalcanal

7,860,000 Served • 263,574 Killed/Missing

U.S. Women's Army Auxiliary Corps
The Women's Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) was created in 1942
and was converted to full status as the Women's Army Corps (WAC)
in 1943. They were the first women other than nurses to
serve with the U.S. Army.
150,000 Served

U.S. Army Nurse Corps
The skill and dedication of the Army Nurse Corps contributed
to the extremely low post-injury mortality rate among the
American military in every theatre of the world.
14,000 Served • 12 Died

U.S. Army Air Force
The Army Air Force was established in 1941 as the aviation component
of the U.S. Army for their expected role in World War II. They were divided
into 16 numbered air forces distributed world-wide to prosecute the war
and defend the Americas.
5 Stateside - 7 Pacific - 4 European

They dropped men, equipment, and supplies in all invasions while flying
missions in every theatre of the war. The Army Air Force B-29 bomber dropped
the "A" bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki ending the war in 1945.
3,400,000 Served • 54,700 Killed/Missing

Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP)
The Women Airforce Service Pilots was formed in 1943 when
Clarion County Remembers World War II Monument image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., August 14, 2022
2. Clarion County Remembers World War II Monument
the
Women's Flying Training Detachment (WFTD) and the Women's
Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron (WAFS) were combined to create the
para-military WASP organization. These civilian female pilots
were employed to fly military aircraft on non-combat missions,
freeing up male pilots for combat service and duties.
1,074 Served • 38 Died

U.S. Marine Corps
The Marine Corps formed the cornerstone of the Pacific
campaign of World War II with its theories and practice
of amphibious warfare. Their role in the "island hopping"
combat missions critical to the success of the Allied Forces.
Major Battles
Pearl Harbor - Wake Islands - Bataan and Corregidor
Guadalcanal - Makin Raid - New Georgia - Choiseul Raid
Bougainville - Tarawa - Cape Gloucester - Roi-Namur
Eniwetok - Talasea - Emirau - Saipan - Guam - Tinian
Peleliu - Philippines - Iwo Jima - Okinawa
669,100 Served • 24,511 Killed/Missing

U.S. Marine Corps Women's Reserve
The Marine Corps Women's Reserve was established on
July 30, 1942 as part of the United States Marine Corps
Reserve. The mission of the Marine Corps Women's Reserve
was to provide qualified women for duty at shore
establishments of the Marine Corps, releasing
men for combat duty.
20,000 Served

U.S.
Clarion County Remembers World War II Monument "Ruptured Duck" image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., August 14, 2022
3. Clarion County Remembers World War II Monument "Ruptured Duck"
Coast Guard

During World War II, the Coast Guard operated as a
whole under the Department of the Navy. They took part
in every European and Pacific invasion, manning
351 Navy ships, 288 Army vessels, and 802 cutters.
241,093 Served • 1,917 Killed/Missing

U.S. Coast Guard Women's Reserve (SPAR)
The Coast Guard Women's Reserve (known collectively as
the SPARs) was created in 1942 to free men up for
overseas service. The name SPAR comes from the Coast
Guard motto,Semper Paratus, and its English translation,
Always Ready.
10,000 Served

U.S. Merchant Marine
The Merchant Marine transported personnel, supplies, and
equipment needed by the combined Allies to defeat the
Axis powers. The Merchant fleet constituted one of the
most significant national contributions to the eventual
victory of World War II.
243,000 Served • 9,521 Killed/Served


 
Topics. This memorial is listed in these topic lists: Patriots & PatriotismWar, World IIWomen. A significant historical year for this entry is 1942.
 
Location. 41° 12.881′ N, 79° 23.164′ W. Marker is in Clarion, Pennsylvania, in Clarion County. Memorial is at the intersection of Main Street (U.S. 322
Clarion County Remembers World War II Monument image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., August 14, 2022
4. Clarion County Remembers World War II Monument
) and 5th Avenue (Pennsylvania Route 68), on the left when traveling west on Main Street. Monument is in Clarion County Veterans Memorial Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 421 Main Street, Clarion PA 16214, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Vietnam Combat Veterans Memorial "Watch Fire" Ashes (a few steps from this marker); World War Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Clarion County Civil War Soldier's Monument (a few steps from this marker); In Honor of Clarion County Persian Gulf Era Veterans (within shouting distance of this marker); Korea Veterans Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); War Veterans of Clarion County (within shouting distance of this marker); Susquehanna and Waterford Turnpike Milestone (within shouting distance of this marker); Welcome to Clarion, Est. 1841 (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Clarion.
 
Clarion County Remembers World War II Monument image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., August 14, 2022
5. Clarion County Remembers World War II Monument
Clarion County Remembers World War II Monument image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., August 14, 2022
6. Clarion County Remembers World War II Monument
Clarion County Remembers World War II Monument image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., August 14, 2022
7. Clarion County Remembers World War II Monument
Clarion County Remembers World War II Monument image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., August 14, 2022
8. Clarion County Remembers World War II Monument
Clarion County Remembers World War II Monument image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., August 14, 2022
9. Clarion County Remembers World War II Monument
Clarion County Remembers World War II Monument image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., August 14, 2022
10. Clarion County Remembers World War II Monument
Clarion County Remembers World War II Monument image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., August 14, 2022
11. Clarion County Remembers World War II Monument
Clarion County Remembers World War II Monument image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., August 14, 2022
12. Clarion County Remembers World War II Monument
Clarion County Veterans Memorial Park image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., August 14, 2022
13. Clarion County Veterans Memorial Park
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 16, 2022. It was originally submitted on August 16, 2022, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 126 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12. submitted on August 16, 2022, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.   13. submitted on August 15, 2022, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.

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