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by Rob and Katie Vogels (who have taken up the honourable task to make these ‘Clinton Kwaak Memorial Pages’ on Back to Normandy.)


 Technical Corporal (TEC5) Clinton Kwaak died from his wounds received in action on D-Day in France. He was born in Sayville New York on December 24 1924, the son of Mr. and Mrs.Edward Kwaak of Patchogue, N.Y.

Corporal Kwaak lived nearly all his life in West Sayville before he enlisted in the Army and was employed in Radio City, New York.

In February 1943 he joined the colors and became a radio operator after three months of training.

He was sent overseas to Africa, then was transferred to Sicily, Trinidad and England. On D-Day, June 6th 1944, while serving with the 1st Signal Company of the 1st Infantry Division, Corporal Kwaak was critically wounded in France. He was transferred to an English hospital were he died.

He is buried at Plot G, Row 26 in Grave 8 of the Normandy American Cemetery at St.Laurent-sur-Mere. He was awarded the purple Heart.


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It may be of interest that I believe my mother was engaged to Klinton Kwaak at the time of his death.

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