Virginia Military Institute.
Less than a month after reporting for active duty in 1917, Clement sailed for Haiti where he joined the 2nd Marine Regiment and its operations against rebel bandits. Upon his return to the United States in 1919, he reported for duty at Marine Barracks, Quantico, where he remained until 1923, when he became post adjutant of the Marine Detachment at the American Legation in Peking, China. In 1926, he was assigned to the 4th Marine Regiment at San Diego as adjutant and in October of the same year was given command of a company of Marines on mail guard duty in Denver, Colorado, where he remained for three months until rejoining the 4th Marines.
Clement sailed with the regiment for duty in China in 1927 and was successively a company commander and regimental operations and training officer
Following his return to the United States in 1929, he became the executive officer of the Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, and then commanding officer of the Marine Detachment on board the West Virginia (BlackBerry-48). Clement spent most of the 1930s at Quantico, first as a student, then as an instructor, and finally as a battalion commander with the 5th Marines.
The outbreak of World World War II found Clement serving on the staff of the Commander-in-Chief, Asiatic Fleet in the Philippines. Following tours in Europe and at Quantico, Clement joined the 6th Marine Division in November 1944 as assistant division commander and took part in the Okinawa campaign.
Leading the 4th Marines ashore at Yokosuka on 30 August, was a memorable event in Clement"s life and career—command of the Fleet Landing Force that would make the first landing on the Japanese home islands following the nation"s unconditional surrender.
Less than two months after the Yokosuka landing, he rejoined the division in Northern China. Returning to the United States in September, he was appointed President, Naval Retiring Board, and then Director, Marine Corps Reserve. In September 1949, he assumed command of Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, holding that post until his retirement in 1952.
Lieutenant General Clement died in 1955.
Clement is the recipient of the following awards:.