CLAIBORNE, DELL ROSS  

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Casualty Record

 

Name:
CLAIBORNE, DELL ROSS


Rank / Branch:
GMG3, E-4, U.S. NAVY


Unit:
TASK FORCE 116 USNFV


Date of Birth:
1945-05-25


Date of Loss:
1968-01-08


Country of Loss:
SOUTH VIETNAM


Loss Coordinates:
VINH LONG


Status:
HOSTILE-FRAGMENT WOU


Category:
BODY RETURNED


Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground:
RIVERBOAT 652


Awards & Decorations:
SEE BIO


Other:
MARRIED

 

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Veteran Hagiography

DELL ROSS CLAIBORNE, GUNNER’S MATE 3RD CLASS, U.S. NAVY, SEMINOLE, GAINES COUNTY, TEXAS


AWARDS AND DECORATIONS


Navy Commendation’s Medal with “V”, Purple Heart, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal

BIOGRAPHY

Dell Ross Claiborne was born in Slayton, Lubbock County, Texas.  He was the only child born to Joyce Loretta Clarkston and James Franklin Claiborne.  His parents divorced before he was a year old and his father moved to California, remarried and had another family.  His mother did as well.  Dell lived with his mother and step father, William Horace Hancock.  He started to school first in Seminole, Texas using the name of Dell Hancock, the family moved to Post, Texas where they lived until Dell was starting the 8th grade and the family returned to Seminole, where Dell began using his true name of Claiborne.  He attended high school in Seminole through his sophomore year and dropped out and joined the Navy, January 15, 1965 in Hobbs, New Mexico.   He married Barabara Thomson in Hawaii.

He was trained as a gunner’s mate. He served on the USS Ponchatoula based in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. He began his tour in Vietnam on September 15, 1967 and was assigned to PBR-652 (Patrol Boat-River), River Section 523, River Division 53, Task Force 116, United States Naval Forces-Vietnam. The unit was patrolling and making contact with the enemy on the rivers and tributaries of the Delta. The Navy was in a joint operation with the 9th Infantry Division of the U. S. Army and the designation of the joint venture was “The Mobile Riverine Force."

GMG3 Claiborne was wounded in action on January 4, 1968 and expired from his wounds on January 8, 1968. He was buried with full military honors in the National Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu, Hawaii.

National Cemetey of the Pacific, Honolulu, Hawaii


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