Charlotte in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
PFC Raymond “Mike” Clausen Memorial
30 May 2004
31 January 1970
Medal of Honor
31 Jan 1970
PFC Raymond Mike Clausen Jr
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
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. Touch 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 Steele Creek Church (approx. 3 miles away); Camp Greene (approx. 3 miles away); Mike McCormack (approx. 4½ miles away); Good Samaritan Hospital (approx. 4½ miles away); J. P. Caldwell (approx. 4.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Charlotte.
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Also see . . . The Carolinas Aviation Museum. (Submitted on October 23, 2013.)
Categories. • War, Vietnam •
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