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CPL Robert Earl Clowe
A Company, 720th MP Battalion
, 89th MP Group, 18th MP Brigade

Killed In Action ~ 19 August 1967 ~ Vietnam


They Say,
our deaths are not ours,
they are yours,
they will mean what
you make of them.

They say,
we leave you our deaths,
give them some

Archibald MacLeish
poet and WWI

There is no contact information on file for the next of kin.

The 720th MP Battalion Headquarters received notification of the ambush and subsequent deaths of CPL Clowe and SP/4 Jackson from the A Company Tay Ninh Detachment Officer In Charge, LT Kelly, at 2315 hours [11:15 PM] on 19 August 1967.

LT Kyle reported that at 2105 hours, [9:05 PM], CPL Robert Earl Clowe, age 22, and Wallace Michael Jackson, age 20, just left the Tay Ninh compound gate in their jeep when they were flagged down by three young female Vietnamese Nationals approximately 250 meters outside the gate.

When they stopped they were ambushed by Viet Cong (VC) elements hidden in hedge rows on both side of the roadway. One of the young females was killed, one injured, and one was taken into custody.

Both MP’s died from wounds received from heavy .50 caliber and small arms fire. They were pronounced dead at the 45th Surgical Hospital in Tay Ninh by CPT Belamy, MD.

Last name: CLOWE
First name: ROBERT EARL
Home of Record (official): MOSSYROCK
State (official): WA
Date of Birth: Monday, October 9, 1944
Sex: Male
Race: Caucasian
Marital Status: Single

--- Military ---
Branch: Army
Rank: CPL
Serial Number: 56956853
Component: Selective Service
Posthumous promotion as indicated
Pay grade: E3
MOS (Military Occupational Specialty code): 95B10

--- Action ---
Start of Tour: Sunday, March 19, 1967
Date of Casualty: Saturday, August 19, 1967
Age at time of loss: 22
Casualty type: (A1) Hostile, died
Reason: Gun, small arms fire (Ground casualty)
Country: South VietNam
Province: Tay Ninh
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