Nathan B. Clemons—July 2005 Shipment Honoree
Marine Corps Pfc., 20, of Winchester, Tenn.; assigned to the 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.; killed June 14, 2005 when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle while conducting combat operations near Rutbah, Iraq.
Nathan B. Clemons was active in his church– he was a drummer in the youth praise band and the guy who dropped the church’s new digital camera in a bucket of paint.
“Life to him was to be celebrated and have a good time,” said Pastor Mike Jackson.
Clemons, 20, of Jacksonville, Fla., was killed June 14 when an explosive detonated near his vehicle near Rutbah. He was based at Camp Lejeune.
Known as “Nate Dog” to his friends, he was straight-talking and eager for a good time like when he hit golf balls down the street and busted the light in front of his house.
“As my buddy, he was invincible,” said his best friend, Kenny Anderson. “He was tough and fun, and full of life like everybody says.”
He joined the military after graduating from high school and is survived by his parents. In a letter home, he told his father that if he didn’t make it through the day, he was OK with that. “I have my faith; my spirituality is in order,” he said.
The members of Landstuhl Hospital Care Project were honored to remember Nathan during the month of July 2005 with our shipments to the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany, and U.S. military hospitals in Iraq and Afghanistan. Our thoughts and prayers remain with Nathan’s family and friends today and in the years to come.