Clyde Cornelison

May 1936
March 2023


Clyde was born and raised in North Carolina. He loved his Duke Blue Devils and the North Carolina Tar Heels basketball teams. In 1954 he dropped out of school and joined the Marines. He served 26 years and retired as a Sgt Maj. During his time in service, he served in the Korean and Vietnam wars. He was awarded a Bronze Star with a combat V, combat action ribbon, Presidential Unit Citation, National Def Service Medal with 1*, Vietnam Campaign Medal, w/ device, Unit Cross of Gallantry/ w/palm, Vietnam Service Medal w4*, Good Conduct medal w8*, M14 Rifle Expert Badge 2nd Awd, 45 caliber Pistol Expert Badge 7th Awd, Meritorious Mast and Letter of Appreciation. Clyde was a very humble man and never talked about his awards. His favorite job in the Marines was that of being a drill instructor. He also learned to play golf while in the military and shot a hole-in-one while serving at a base in Japan which earned him the right to play in a PGA Pro-AM tournament. He was very proud of the fact that he earned his GED. I feel honored and blessed to have been married to Clyde. Everyone that met him immediately liked him because he radiated kindness.

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