William Tardy Clement
(1894 – 1955)
Born in Lynchburg Virginia. Graduated from the Virginia Military Institute in 1914 and was commissioned Secon Lieuetenant, United States Marine Corps, in 1917.
Advanced through the grades to Lieutenant General in 1944.
Served in Haiti (1917-1919), followed by Peking and Shanghai, China. Served aboard several ships as a part of the Marine Detachment.
At the outbreak of World War II, he was with the 4th Marines on the Bataan Peninsula in the Philippines and escaped from Bataan in 1942.
Awarded the Navy Cross for service on Bataan.
Assistant Division Commander of the 6th Marine Division at Okinawa and later during the occupation of Tsingtao, China. Commanded the 3rd Fleet Landing Force during the initial landings and occupation at Yokosuka Naval Base, Japan. Retired in 1952.
Colonel William T. Clement, who narrowly escaped capture by the Japanese at Corregidor in Manila Bay, was assigned to work on the plans for the cross-channel invasion of France on D-Day, 6 June 1944.
At the end of this duty, he was promoted to Brigadier General and assigned as assistant division commander of the 6th Marine Division, then on Guadalcanal preparing for Okinawa.
CLEMENT, WILLIAM TARDY
LT GEN USMC
- DATE OF BIRTH: 09/27/1894
- DATE OF DEATH: 10/17/1955
- BURIED AT: SECTION 4 SITE 2781
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
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