SSG Shawn Clemens is the son of William and Candace Clemens of Allegany, N.Y. Shawn has two sisters; Kristen Clemens Keenan of Hinsdale, N.Y, and Michelle Clemens Rauluk of Manassas, Virginia. Shawn was married at the time of his death to April Robbins Clemens and had a three year old son Gavin Clemens.
Shawn was a 1993 graduate of Allegany Central School. He was active in football, wrestling and baseball. He was an avid hunter, fisherman and an outdoorsman..
SSG Shawn Clemens was the first soldier from Allegany, N.Y. to sacrifice his life while serving his country in Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom.
SSG Shawn Clemens joined the Army January 24, 1996. He graduated from Infantry Basic Training and US Army Airborne School at Fort Benning, Georgia. Upon graduation, he was stationed at Hunter Army Air Airfield in Savanna, Georgia and assigned to the 1st Battalion 75thRanger Regiment.
Later, Shawn was transferred to Ft. Drum, N.Y. as part of the 10th Mountain Infantry Division. He was assigned to Bravo Company 2nd of the 14thInfantry Battalion where he served as an infantry team and Squad Leader. While assigned to the 2/14 Shawn would complete Jungle Expert training as well as graduate from the US ARMY Sniper School.
After a six month deployment to Kosovo, Shawn was promoted to Staff Sergeant. In 2003, SSG Shawn Clemens volunteered for deployment to Afghanistan. Staff Sergeant Clemens became a squad leader for a sniper reconnaissance unit with the 2nd Battalion 87th Infantry Headquarters Company. He deployed to the Ghazni Province in Afghanistan where he would conduct night operations in support of the Global War on Terrorism.
While out on a patrol, Sergeant Clemens’ unit recovered a large weapons cache in the village of Dehe Hendu; in the Ghazni province of Afghanistan. While securing the cache, Shawn sustained injuries as a result of an explosion. SSG Shawn Clemens, seven other soldiers, plus one interpreter paid the ultimate sacrifice for our Nation on that fateful day.
SSG Shawn Michael Clemens’ Ribbons include:
Combat Infantry Badge x 2
PURPLE HEART ARMY COMMENDATION X 2 ARMY ACHIEVEMENT X 3
GOOD CONDUCT W/ CLASP NATIONAL DEFENSE KOSOVO CAMPAIGN
AFGHANISTAN CAMPAIGN GLOBAL WAR TERROR EXPEDITIONARY
GLOBAL WAR TERROR SERVICE NCOE X2 ARMY SERVICE RIBBON
NATO KOSOVO MEDAL EXPERT RIFLEMAN BADGE
VALOROUS UNIT AWARD SUPERIOR UNIT AWARD
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