Clements, Robert D

Robert D. Clements was born in 1925 to Howard and Ethel Clements who resided in West Brandywine Township Pennsylvania. Robert was the second youngest of eight children. The family later moved to West Chester.

Robert attended local schools and enlisted in the Army at the outbreak of World War II when our Nation was attacked. He was assigned to Company B, of the 323rd Medical Battalion. Robert was stationed at Camp Rucker, Alabama, before shipping overseas to serve in the South Pacific.

Robert was discharged from the Army in 1948. He was called into the Army Reserves in 1950. In 1951, he reenlisted for six years. Robert was assigned to the 171st Evacuation Hospital, part of the Fifth Army in Korea. The unit was a 400 bed mobile hospital, different then the Mobile Army Surgical Unit - MASH, popularly portrayed on the TV series.

Robert married Betty Dooley before he shipped overseas to Korea. They moved to Malvern.
Robert, serving as an MP (Military Police) attached to the 171st Evacuation Hospital in Tajon, Korea, was the Sergeant of the Guards. He attempted to arrest a suspect in a fatal stabbing and was fatally shot.

Sergeant Robert D. Clements was Killed In Action on February 1, 1953. Robert’s wife, Betty, received the telegram from the Department of Defense on Friday, February 6th.

Services were held in West Chester on  April 11, 1953. Interment was with full military honors at Greenmount Cemetery.

Besides his wife, Betty, he was survived by two daughters: Susan Diane 20 months, and Davine Lee, three months.

His brother Raymond served in the Navy and his brother George served in the Army in the South Pacific during World War II. George also served during the Korean War.


Research by Don Wambold, WCMSC