Dr. John Strother Clayton, Sr. was born in Fayetteville, Arkansas, April 17, 1925. At eighteen, a student at the University of Virginia, Clayton volunteered for induction, entering active service August 23, 1943. Upon completion of basic training at the Infantry School, Fort Benning, Georgia, he was assigned to the 3rd Platoon, Company A, 68th Armored Infantry Battalion, 14th Armored Division. He served as a Browning Automatic Rifleman until the end of the war in Europe and then as a broadcaster with AFN in France and Germany until his discharge as a Pfc March 8, 1946.
Army Serial Number: 33 644 856
Date of Entry into Active Service: 23 Aug 1943
Date of Separation: 8 Mar 1946
According to the record
3 months in Infantry Basic Training.
15 months as a Rifleman
9 months as an Automatic Rifleman (BAR)
8 months as a Radio Program Supervisor.
"RADIO PROGRAM SUPERVlSOR - Announced over radio station in Nancy and Berlin. Announced variety shows, dance band features, on the spot sportscasts of boxing and football and daily 45 minute musical request record shows. Introduced personalities over radio, wrote up daily half-hour program. Also served as automatic rifleman for 6 months in combat in Germany."
Combat Infantry Badge
Expert Sub Machine Gun
Expert M-l Rifle
Expert Light Machine Gun
Expert Heavy Machine Gun
BATTLES AND CAMPAIGNS
Ardennes-Alsace (awarded later, not on my discharge papers)
Southern France (not awarded to Division because "only elements" were engaged in Maritime Alps combat, i.e., 68th AIB.)
DECORATIONS AND CITATIONS
Good Conduct Medal
American Theater Ribbon
European African Middle East Theater Ribbon
World War II Victory Ribbon
Bronze Star Medal (Not on service record; awarded later.)
Sailed for France from New York 14 Oct 1944
Landed Marseille 18 Oct 1944
Sailed for U.S. from Le Harvre 4 Feb 1946
Arrived New York 16 Feb 1946
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