Clarence E. Sasser
By Casey Broady
Private First Class, US ARMY
Vietnam War - Mekong Delta, South Vietnam - January 1968
Medal of Honor Recipient Biography
Clarence E. Sasser was born in Chenango, Texas on September 12th, 1947. He was enrolled in college when the government said he was to be drafted. He was drafted in the Army is 1967 at the age of nineteen as a Medical Aid Man. When he finished serving in the military, he went back to Texas A&M University and finished the degree he started, prior to being drafted, in Chemistry. After receiving his college degree he went to work for an oil refinery.
Medal of Honor Actions
On January 10th, 1968, the helicopter Sasser was riding in crashed in enemy territory. Enemy forces shot the engine of the helicopter and forced the helicopter to the ground. Although Sasser was hit by an exploding rocket and was also hit in both legs by a machine gun, he still kept on treating fellow wounded soldiers during the battle. Although he was in agony, Sasser was able to crawl through the mud with his arms to help another wounded soldier who was calling out in pain from 100 yards away. Close by, he noticed a group of GI's huddled together, disoriented by the heavy fire. They began to fire on the enemy, Sasser continued to treat the wounded soldiers even though he was feeling faint from blood loss and was in terrible pain.
Medal of Honor
Clarence Sasser was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor on March 7th, 1969 by President Richard Nixon.