Virginia Heroes

Clarence Willis Obie, III

Lance Corporal, Marine Corps

Born: June 15, 1947
Hometown: Staunton, VA
Entered: September 15, 1966
Served In: Vietnam
Casualty Date: December 22, 1967
Died In: Quang Tri Province, South Vietnam
Awards: National Defense Service Medal, Purple Heart, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Service Medal

LCpl Obie served in the Philippines before going to Vietnam where he was assigned to the 3rd Platoon, C Company, 1st tank Battalion, 1st Marine Division, III Marine Amphibious Force. He was a tank crewman during Operation Fortress Ridge in the Quang Tri Province when his tank was struck by a rocket propelled grenade, killing him instantly. He graduated in 1965 from Central Augusta High School, where he was class vice-president and voted “Mr. Personality.” He worked for Dupont in Waynesboro after graduation. On September 15, 1966, he and his best friend enlisted in the U.S. Marines in Norfolk, Virginia.

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