On Oct. 3 a group of veterans’ advocates gathered at the Blanchester Ohio IOOF Cemetery to pay their respects and honor the final placement of the burial monument for U.S. Army Corporal Clyde Eugene Anderson. who was laid to rest with honors in Blanchester on May 12, 2012.
Cpl. Anderson was a native of Hamilton, Ohio in Butler County who joined the Army on April 7, 1948 and became a medic for the 31st Infantry Regiment of the Army’s 7th Division. He, like so many others, was deployed to the Korean Peninsula at the outbreak of the Korean Conflict.
On Nov. 28, 1950 he was killed in action in the area of the Chosin Reservoir in North Korea. He was first listed as MIA until Dec. 31, 1953 when he was declared a KIA. His remains were found on Dec. 1, 1993 in a mass grave with fellow soldiers, then returned to the custody of the U.S. in Hawaii, but not identified by DNA of a surviving niece until April 13, 2012.
Due to unforeseen circumstances, his grave was not marked until Saturday. On hand to honor Cpl. Anderson were representatives of American Legion Post 179 and Women’s Auxiliary of Blanchester, American Legion Post 49 of Wilmington, American Legion Clinton County Commander, Ohio 4th District American Legion, The First Iron Horse Buckeye Battalion of The United States Army Brotherhood of Tankers and the Clinton County Veterans’ Services Commission.