Clarence Sasser

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About Clarence Sasser

  • Participated in conflicts: Vietnam War

Clarence Eugene Sasser (born September 12, 1947) is a former United States Army soldier and a recipient of the U.S. military's highest decoration, the Medal of Honor, for his actions in the Vietnam War. Born in Chenango, Texas, Sasser was a combat medic in the United States Army during the Vietnam war. He received the medal from President Richard Nixon in 1969 for his actions on January 10, 1968, in Dinh Tuong Province, Republic of Vietnam. A member of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 60th Infantry Regiment, 9th Infantry Division, he was a private first class attached to the 3rd Battalion's Company A when he earned the medal and eventually was promoted to specialist five. Drafted into the Army after giving up his college deferment, Sasser's Vietnam tour lasted just 51 days. When his military commitment was finished he returned to college as a chemistry student. He then worked at an oil refinery for more than five years before being employed by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. A statue depicting Sasser in Vietnam was created in 2010 and will be placed in front of the Brazoria County Courthouse. Sasser's official Medal of Honor citation

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