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Ponchatoula in Tangipahoa Parish, Louisiana — The American South (West South Central)
 

PFC Raymond "Mike" Clausen, Jr.

Medal of Honor USMC

 

— 14 October 1947 - 30 May 2004 —

 
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1. PFC Raymond "Mike" Clausen, Jr. Marker
Inscription.  
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
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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 Squadron
HMM 263
DaNang RVN
31 January 1970
 
Topics and series. This memorial is listed in this topic list: War, Vietnam. In addition, it is included in the Medal of Honor Recipients series list. A significant historical date for this entry is January 31, 1970.
 
Location. 30° 26.257′ N, 90° 27.414′ W. Marker is in Ponchatoula, Louisiana, in Tangipahoa Parish. Memorial is on West Pine Street (State Highway 22) near 51, on the right when traveling west. Located just inside the Ponchatoula City Cemetery. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Ponchatoula LA 70454, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Ponchatoula Depot (approx. 0.9 miles away); USS Ponchatoula Memorial (approx. one mile away); Hammond Junior College (approx. 4˝ miles away); Mt. Vernon Walnut (approx. 4.7 miles away); Peter Hammond (approx.
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4.7 miles away); Grace Memorial Episcopal Church (approx. 4.8 miles away); City Of Hammond (approx. 4.8 miles away); Friendship Circle (approx. 5.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ponchatoula.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. To better understand the relationship, study each marker in the order shown.
 
Also see . . .  Monument to Raymond "Mike" Clausen unveiled. (Submitted on November 17, 2016.)
 
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4. PFC Raymond "Mike" Clausen, Jr. Marker
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5. PFC Raymond "Mike" Clausen, Jr. Grave Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 11, 2017. It was originally submitted on November 17, 2016, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana. This page has been viewed 307 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 17, 2016.   5. submitted on November 17, 2016, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana.

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