Veterans' Memorial Project

Paul McKinney Clendenen

Cairo, IL

World War I

College: Commerce & Business Administration

Graduation Year: Attended 1905

Service Branch: Army

Rank: Second Lieutenant

Date of Birth: 03/09/1887

Date of Death: 09/12/1918

Lt. Clendenen served with Company G, 369th Infantry Regiment, 93rd Division. He entered the Second Officers’ Training Camp at Fort Sheridan, Illinois, and was assigned to the 17th company. He then sailed to France in January, 1918, as a casual officer. Lt. Clendenen received further military training in the A.E.F. schools and was one of several officers sent from Langres to the 369th Infantry (the old 15th New York National Guard), a regiment commanded by Col. William Hayward, which was attached to the French Army under General Gourard. Lt. Clendenen was acting captain of Company G when he was killed at Beauzegour, France, near the west edge of the Argonne, by the bursting of a high explosive shell. He was awarded the Croix de Guerre and the Distinguished Service Cross. His promotion to First Lieutenant arrived after his death. He is buried at Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery, Romagne, France, Plot A Row 21 Grave 19.

-taken from Web sites above and University of Illinois records

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