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Clarence Lee Evans

Date of birth: April 27, 1923
Date of death: Killed in Action
Place of Birth: Missouri, Saginaw
Home of record: Saginaw Missouri
Status: KIA


Navy Cross

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Awarded for actions during the World War II

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Private Clarence Lee Evans (MCSN: 309045), United States Marine Corps Reserve, for extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty while serving with Company A, First Battalion, Eighth Marines (Reinforced), SECOND Marine Division, in combat against enemy Japanese forces at Guadalcanal, Solomon Island, on 23 November 1942. Knowing that it was impossible for his comrades to advance as long as two enemy machine guns which were holding a commanding position remained in action, Private First Class Evans with two other Marines volunteered to dislodge these guns. Fighting his way through a hail of enemy bullets up to a position where he could throw hand grenades into the hostile machine-gun nest, he killed three Japanese and assisted in capturing the gun. From this position, he threw more grenades at the second emplacement and silenced that gun. Two days later, while continuing his dauntless fight against the enemy, he was killed by a burst of machine-gun fire. His inspired acts of valor, in the face of almost certain death, were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life in the defense of his country.

General Orders: Authority: Board of Awards: Serial 1177 (July 8, 1945)

Action Date: November 23, 1942

Service: Marine Corps

Rank: Private

Company: Company A

Battalion: 1st Battalion

Regiment: 8th Marines (Rein.)

Division: 2d Marine Division