Fallen Heroes of Operation Enduring Freedom

Remembering the servicemembers who died in the service of their country.

Army Staff Sgt. Shawn M. Clemens

28, of Allegany, New York.
Clemens died west of Ghazni, Afghanistan, when a weapons cache prematurely exploded. He was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, New York. Died on January 29, 2004.

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"A family member sent me a picture of my dadís grave in the Allegheny NY cemetery. Dad was a WW 2 veteran. I am so moved by your familyís kind gesture in the name of your fallen son. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Barbara Jonak of Dublin, OH

"just thinking about good friends, miss you buddy"
Dale Fountain of south colton, NY

"Great guy... Great Soldier. I served with SSG Clemens at FT. Drum, Bco 2-14. He was a great leader and I learn a lot from SSG Clemens during Sgts time training. He also taught Bco Combatives once a week, during PT. RIP"
Andy Scantlebury MS of Brooklyn, NY

"I'm sorry
Rest in peace"

"i wish he was still here with me today i miss him so much i love you uncle shawn"
Cody Aston of Fort Lauderdale

"My uncle died two months after my 4th birthday. I remember crying for hours because of this tragedy. I am a niece of a fallen hero."
Carly Keenan of Hinsdale New York

"i am his nephew and was only 5 at the time when he passed away it is really sad what happened, my dad was also in the army at the time it is really sad."
Cody Aston of Florida

"To the family of SSG Shawn M. Clemens, words are not adequate to describe the sacrifices made by heroic men like Shawn. We are living in freedom today because he gave his all for his country.
As a former resident of Cattaragus County ( Ellicottville Central, class of 74 ) and a member of the Patriot Guard, I cannot express to you how much I appreciate the heroism and sacrifice of Shawn and the other members of the United States military. They are truly heros. I pray that God has comforted you in your time of sorrow, and filled you with his peace. Your son will never be forgotten."
David Shreckengost of Stockbridge, Ga. USA dshreckengost@bellsouth.net

"I attended Infantry Basic Training with Shawn at Fort Benning in 1996. He was squared away, a born leader, and a great guy. While others stated that I could never be an officer, Shawn offered encouragement and made me believe I could make it in the Army and become an officer which I eventually achieved. He will be missed."
Captain Bob Smeltzer of York, Pennsylvania, USA

"November 19, 2007
To the family of Staff Sgt. Shawn M. Clemens:
Shawn gave the ultimate sacrifice and will be held in the hearts of Americans forever. I cannot and will not let our fallen heroes be forgotten. My deepest sympathy to you. "Some gave all."
Peggy Childers
"Don't Let The Memory Of Them Drift Away"
Peggy Childers of Carson City, NV

"My half brother died in the same explosion. It has been 3 years but i know you haven't forgotten. I send all my love your way."
kyle of madison, WI

"Shawn, You were my son's best friend. My heart bleeds for you and your family. You are an honor for your family and our country."
David Stonebarger

"To the family of:Shawn M. Clemens I am so sorry for the loss of your love one. My heart cries out for you in your grief and you have my thoughts and prayers. He died a hero defending freedom. May you have the peace and understanding that only comes from God. Prayerfully we will all meet in Heaven one day where we will rest in the arms of Jesus. If you need prayer or need someone to talk to, please call or write my pastor: Rev. John Pearrell 11677 Brown Bridge Rd., Covington, GA 30016. (770)787-1015. Your friend in Jesus Christ, Polly Ballew Covington,Ga"

"I too wear Shawn's bracelet. I knew Shawn as the brother of my daughter-in-law, Kristen. I have some memories of him. I remember him at Le-Ti campground in Batavia, NY putting together his gilly (sp?) suit and asking him a hundred questions. He was cooking hot dogs there during the Mercy Flight auction. I remember him riding his mountain bike to my house (no easy task) for a picnic or something and having the kiddie trailer and his very young son Gavin riding in it. Shawn came fishing at my pond and the Bass wouldn't leave his hook alone! I remember the phone call I received from Kristen after her mom and dad were notified of Shawn's sacrafice. I remember my grand daughter Carly age 4 at Shawn's wake going over to his casket and saying "Come on Shawney...get up" Shawn was up...OK he was in heaven. His grandfather Clemens joined him there yesterday May 15, 2007. He told me at Shawn's wake that Shawn died doing what he loved. I had the very distinct privledge of reading a letter from Shawn at his funeral in Olean, NY. It was by far one of the toughest moments of my life. I drew on his great strength to get through. I think of Shawn's dear mother Candy especially on Mother's day. I can't imagine how difficult each day is dealing with this loss.
All of you guys who knew Shawn (much better than I did) and served with him, you know what a special soldier Shawn was. He was my idea of what a
member of the US Army looked like. Please also know how much your service is deeply appreciated and respected by so many Americans. May God always bless you."
Robert F. Keenan of Hinsdale, NY/ USA

"I too wear a bracelet with SSG Shawn Clemmens. I have worn it since March of 2004 when it was given to me as a gift. It wasn't until today (April 3, 2007) I typed his name into a search engine and found this. I am overwhelmed with pride as I read the things people have said about him.

Corporal Sid Dunn USAR"
Sid Dunn of Virginia Beach, VA

"Spoke with a friend at the RTB the other night who let me know of Shawn's Passing. My wife and I went into my old photo album and found a picture of us from a hunt on Fort Stewart... gonna miss ya buddy.."
Rob K. of Atlanta

"To the family of Shawn. Shawn and I were both Class of 93 at ACS. I am so sorry for your loss and thank Shawn for the giving the ultimate sacrifice so that the rest of us can live free."
Faye of North Carolina

"Shawn I will be at camp this weekend, I will be thinking of you and the fun we had there, with Mike Harper"
Dale of South Colton, NY

"To the family of Shawn Clemens;
First I would like to express my deepest regrets in the loss of Shawn. I served with Shawn for 3 years while stationed at FT. Drum I can say that Shawn was such a professional, and a great friend. We often went hunting up to our buddies camp(Mr. Dale Fountain,RET Air Force) we had such a great time. Dale would call me and ask me if I had heard from Shawn, and of course with us all being deployed we lost track of each other. Dale had just notified me that Shawn had been killed, and I have to say that It has hit me very hard. I loved Shawn like a brother. Being an only child, he filled that void that I never had. I know this is going to take a long time for me to comprehend, but nothing can compare to the loss of a loved one, especially a son. I hope you can find some peace in the fact that Shawn touched so many lives, and he was such a positive role model for others to follow, to include me. I really looked up to him. I have been deployed to Afghanistan, and Iraq(2) and will be going back for a third tour in OCT, and I have a very funny feeling, that I will be in good hands, cause I know Shawn will look in on me and my troops from time to time, to ensure we are safe. I will close by saying that It was a privelege and an honor to know and serve with Shawn. May god Bless you and your family. Please feel free to contact me for anything at any time, my e-mail is michael_harper36@yahoo.com"
SFC Michael Harper of Colorado Springs CO

"I am so sorry for your loss, Shawn would stay at my hunting camp with me and Mike Harper in South Colton, NY , He got some nice bucks. We had some good times, I would love to get a good pic of him to hang in my camp, he loved it there. My address is PO Box 336, So. Colton NY, 13687. I miss him makeing me smile at camp on cold night , while watching for deer. He was one of the best."
Dale Fountain of South Colton, NY, 13687

I would like to say thank you to you and the 7 other soldiers who were killed in that blast for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

"Vires Montesque Vincimus"
(We Conquer Power And Mountains)
87th Inf. Motto"

"I cried for you, just as I promised.
Bagram Air Base-'03-'04"
Mark Billings of Guam

"Shawn was my friend and roommate. We lived in Watertown together and served in 2-14 IN together. His sense of humor stands out in my memories of him. He always found a way to make others laugh. God bless his son, Gavin, his family, and friends.

P.S. You better not be trying to decorate heaven with dead animals and things from the taxidermist."
Paul Jordan of Fort Drum, NY


"SSG. Clemons was sent to us just before deployment to Afganistan. He was angry because he missed the deployment to iraq with 2-14, but in the short time that he was with us I grew to love and respect the guy; with his crazy stories or asking for our beverage base powder. he would always ask our opinion and involve us in the decision making great man, Soldier, and friend god bless you and your family for your sacrifices. I wish there was somthing i could do.

This is to Sgt. Clemens Son:

I have a son that was born im march before our deployment ( my first ). So it was really hard for me to leave him. Your father would talk to me and tell me all about you as we traded stories. He told me to be happy cause I would be coming home to my son, and that you didn't live with him. so be thankful. Your dad loved you as much if not more than any father love their child and he was so Proud of you. Your Dad was and still is a great man I'll always remember him, i have some pictures of our team and your father if you would like some email me at boomer.purser@us.army.mil"
Sgt. Adam Purser of ft. polk la usa


"To the Clemens Family,
I had the honor of serivng with shawn when I was assigned to Ft. Drum. Shawn always to it upon himself to help each and everyone succeed and his legacy is carried on by all that served with him.. My thoughts and prayers are with you all."
SSG Stewart of Ft. Campbell, KY

"To the Clemens family,
I recently received a memorial bracelet with your sons name on it and I figured it would only be appropriate to know a little about the man. Just from what I have read here I can see that you raised a truly special man who no doubt sits at the side of our Lord. I can't even begin to fathom his sacrifice. Please know that I wear his bracelet proudly each and every day."
Chris Fuerst of Putnam Valley, NY U.S.

""Thank you brave soldier for sacrificing your today for my children's safer tomorrow. You have our utmost respect and gratitude. May God provide your family with comfort during their time of sorrow and need. May you forever rest in Heavenly peace. You will not be forgotten."
Feel free to contact hghvoltage52@yahoo.com"
Thomas and Stephanie Cooper of Summerville, SC

"To the Family of Shawn Clemens:
I found this web site last night (3-5-05)when I typed in my son's name (Adam Kinser). Shawn was killed in the same explosion as my son. You know what our family has been through because you have experienced the same horror. What has kept us sane through the last year has been our faith in our Creator and our knowledge that he is sovereign. We won't know until we get to Heaven why he chose to take our boys when he did, but we can rest assured that they are in the best of hands and that we will see them once again some day. I hope that Adam and Shawn are hanging out together doing something great in God's Kingdom. Thank you for your son's service to our country. It will never be forgotten. God bless you!"
Terri Kinser of Rio Vista, CA

"What can I say in the midst of your sorrow, only God knows the reason why. My son did return home from Iraq and when I hear of others that have loss, it grieves my spirit. My prayer is that God will reach in and massage your heart where it aches and grieves."
Monica Farrior of Detroit, MI

"SSG Clemens was an outstanding person. I didnt work directly under him but i was in his platoon. He always stood for what he believed and for his soldiers no matter what. He will be missed but never forgoten. He will continue to live in our hearts and memories. To his family my deepest sympathy."
SGT Corral, Jose of FT. Lewis, Wa

"ssg clemens, was my team leader for a year while serving in bco 2-14. in the short amount of time he lead me, i grew both as a soldier and as a human being. he not only told you what was right in uniform, but educated you on what is appropriate while not in uniform. ssg clemens was a great soldier, human being. we will never forget you."
SGT Hernandez, Michael P. of Fort Drum, New York

"It was truly an honor to serve with such a great soldier. He was greatly respected and liked not just professionaly, but the man behind the rank as well. To his family I send my deepest sympathy. He will never be forgotten."
Alfred Honer of Deroit Lakes MN

"To the family of Shawn M. Clemens
Shawn will always be remember by his friends and comrades that served with him in B Co. 2-14 IN. Your son is a Hero and a fine man, and is missed by use everyday."
SSG Lindstrom of Ft Drum, NY

"To the family and friends,

Our prayers are with you in this most difficult time and we thank you for your loved ones bravery and sacrifice. May God strengthen you from knowing that fellow Americans and people around the world care about you and grieve with you in your loss. Your loved one is a hero. Greater love have no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13.

God bless you.

Home Front Ministries
Shepherd of the Hills Church
Porter Ranch, CA"

"Thanks for stepping forward when America needed you. To the family - Thank you for your contribution to our liberty and freedom. I'm sorry for your tremendous loss."
Ronald Carlson of Montrose, MN

"Sergeant Clemens, goodbye soldier and thank you. You are my hero."
Bill of Houston, Texas

"To the family of Shawn. I'm so sorry about your loss. My brother Robert was also killed. It's so hard to believe still. My younger brother. But we have been trying to get a hold of you. Please email me at jencook422@hotmail.com.
God bless you. And thank you Shawn for what you were fighting for. Jennifer R Cook"
Jennifer R Cook of Sun Prairie, WI

"To the family and friends of Shawn Clemens,
We can only but pray that we will have the pleasure of meeting such a wonderful soldier as Shawn in that golden city. He along with our son Justin Scott and six other soldiers paid the ultimate price for freedom. These men are now soldiers of a higher commander. They are now waiting for us to get ourselves right so that we may again someday be with them. Than shall we know how all the pieces of the puzzle fits together.
All my love and prayers to the family and friends of this wonderful & brave, our soldier and your son. Please feel free to contact us at blscott@fuse.net"
Wm & Lisa Scott of Bellevue, KY


"To Shawn's family, I am so sorry for your tragic loss. Please know that many of us appreciate his service and sacrifice for his country."
F.Smith of Pennsylvania

"Greater love hath no man than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. God Bless you Shawn"
Sarah of ky

"My family owes so very much to this man. His dedication and sense of duty made them safer and kept them free."
The Estes Family of Phoenix, AZ

"Be proud of Shawn. Be sure to fly your American flag in his honor and keep his memory alive. My prayers are with you at this time of need. Take comfort in knowing he is at peace. God bless!"
Jean Moran- "Ben Gilman's sister" of Wethersfield, CT

"To the Clemens Family,
I wanted to send my heartfelt condolences to you for the loss of Shawn. My son Sgt. Benjamin Gilman also lost his life in that explosion. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. God bless you all."
Edith Gilman of Meriden, CT

"Dear Clemens Family:
I am so sorry for your loss. I knew Adam Kinser wh was also killed in this explosion. Your son is a true American hero. he will never be forgotten. My condolences go out to you. You are in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless."
Jessica of Isleton, CA

"To Shawn's family,
What can I say? I knew Robert Cook who also died in this explosion. The pain is real, the sense of loss, overwhelming. You are all in my prayers each day. Healing will happen over time. For today just remember his laughter and smiles."
Candy Knutson of Poynette, WI

Please KNOW so many people share your sadness, and we are remembering your family in your loss and your deep grief. Your HERO, Shawn, will be remembered by name. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless you. Pat & Sandi Breckenridge from Montana "

"REST IN PEACE BRAVE WARRIOR...have always been my words from day one that I posted to this wonderful site....May you rest in beautiful heaven...."
The Taylors, USMC of NC

"Rest in peace brave soldier!"
Dan and Meg Manninen of San Antonio, Texas

"Thank you Shawn Clemens, you will not be forgotten. Your bravery goes beyond words. I want to express my deepest gratitude for your sacrifice. To the family and friends, my prayers and deep condolences in your loss. May God strengthen you from knowing that fellow Americans and people around the world care about you and grieve with you in your loss. God bless you all. A very appreciative fellow American,"
Leo Titus of Grayslake, Illinios

"To the family and friends of Staff Sgt. Shawn Clemens:
May God's grace be with you during your time of grief. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and we feel your loss and share in your sorrow. Bless Shawn for the sacrifice he has made to make a better life for the rest of us."
The Ford Family of Wells, Nevada

"To the family and friends of Staff Sgt. Shawn Clemens:
I am saddened by the loss of your loved one. He will always be remembered as a hero for fighting for freedom. I hope that this website will be a source of comfort and encouragement for you during this difficult time, and in the future as you recall the memories of Shawn, who continues to live on in your heart."
Tim Rivera of Powder Springs, Georgia

Honor them by remembering... Freedom - is their gift to us But his soul goes marching on