Clarence Edmond Shreve
|Clarence Edmond Shreve was born in the Harrison County community of Dola on June 27, 1929. He was the oldest child and only son of Ruben and Bertha Robinson Shreve.|
|As a child growing up on a farm in Robey Hollow, Shreve enjoyed fishing, hunting, and playing with cousins after completing his farm chores. He was a member of a very close-knit extended family.|
|Shreve attended Lumberport Elementary and Lumberport High School, both in Harrison County. After leaving High School, he moved to Cleveland, Ohio where he found work in a factory.|
|Clarence Shreve enlisted in the Marine Corps on August 1, 1947. He spent his tours of duty at Parris Island in South Carolina, Guam, China, and the Mediterranean Sea.|
|Three days before he was to be discharged, a freeze was put on all military discharges. Shreve was retained and sent to Korea to serve. On September 19, 1950 at the age of 21, Clarence Edmond Shreve was killed near the Han River in Korea as a result of wounds received from a missile. He was the first Harrison County casualty of the Korean War.|
| His body was buried temporarily in Korea in a United
States military cemetery, but eventually his
remains were brought back to Harrison County. Shreve's final resting
place is in the Lion's Club Cemetery in Lumberport, West Virginia.
Clarence Edmond Shreve was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart, National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Medal, Presidential Citation, and United Nations Service Medal. His parents became Gold Star Parents. He is survived by his two sisters, Cathern Shreve Linville, and Barbara Shreve Goodwin.
Information and photographs were generously donated by Cathern Shreve Linville.
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