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Marine officer

William Tardy Clement, American marine officer. member of staff of commander, United States Naval Forces in Europe, 1942-1943.


Clement, William Tardy was born on September 27, 1894 in Lynchburg, Virginia, United States. Son of William Joseph and Mary Elizabeth (Frees) Clement.


Bachelor of Science, Virginia Military Institute, 1914.


1 son, Robert Andrew Mathiesen. Commissioned Second lieutenant, United States Marine Corps, 1917, and advanced through grades to Lieutenant general, 1944. Expeditionary duty, Republic of Haiti, 1917-1919.

Duty at Quantico, Virginia, 1919-1923. With American Legation Guard, Peking, China, 1923-1925. Duty at San Diego, California, 1925-1927 and 1929-1930.

Expeditionary duty, Shanghai, China, 1927-1929. Commander marine detachment, United States Ship West Virginia, 1930-1932. Naval Ammunition Depot Guard, Bremerton, Washington, 1932-1934.

Student and instructor, Marine Corps School, Quantico, Virginia, 1934-1938. Commander 1st battalion, 5th Marines, 1938-1940. Fleet marine officer for United States Asiatic Fleet aboard United States S. Augusta and United States Ship Houston, 1940-1941.

At outbreak of war, joined 4th Marines and served throughout Bataan. Escaped from Bataan, 1942, and returned to the United States. Member of staff of commander, United States Naval Forces in Europe, 1942-1943.

Assistant commander and commander Marine Corp Schools, Quantico, Virginia, 1943-1944. Assistant division commander, 6th Marine Division, during seizure of Okinawa Shima, Ryukyu Islands and later during occupation of Tsingtao, China, 1944-1945. Commander 3d Fleet Landing Force in initial landings and occupation at Yokusuka Naval and Air Base, Japan, 1945.

Commanding general 3d Marine Brigade (formerly 6th Division) Tsingtao area, June 1946. Returned to the United States, September 1946. President Naval Retiring Board, 1947-1949.

Director Marine Corps Reserve, April 1947, Headquarters Medical Corps. Commanding general Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, California, 1949-1952.


Member of staff of commander, United States Naval Forces in Europe, 1942-1943.


Married second, Mistress. Children: John Cristy, David Alexander, Nancy Carrington.

William Joseph Clement

Mary Elizabeth (Frees) Clement


David Alexander Clement

John Cristy Clement

Nancy Carrington Clement