Clarence Layne Nordstrom

NAME
Clarence Layne Nordstrom
NICKNAME
Layne
(on military records)
MCSN
301383
HOME OF RECORD
Fairview, UT
NEXT OF KIN
Parents, Martin & Ellen Nordstrom
DATE OF BIRTH
January 15, 1921
DATE OF ENLISTMENT
September 17, 1940
DATE OF LOSS
May 8, 1942
REGION
Pacific
CAMPAIGN / AREA
Coral Sea
CASUALTY TYPE
KIA
UNIT
Marine detachment,
USS Lexington
DUTY
2nd Loader
Gun #6
CIRCUMSTANCES OF LOSS
PFC Nordstrom was a member of the Marine detachment aboard the carrier USS Lexington. His battle station was in 5-inch Gallery 2 (port side forward), on Gun #6.
During the Battle of the Coral Sea, at 1122 on 8 May 1942, a bomb exploded in his gun’s ammunition locker. The entire crew was killed or mortally wounded by the blast.
PFC Nordstrom’s remains went down with his ship.
INDIVIDUAL DECORATIONS
Letter of Commendation, Purple Heart
LAST KNOWN RANK
Private
STATUS OF REMAINS
Lost at sea.
MEMORIALS
Fairview Upper Cemetery, Fairview, UT
Manila American Cemetery

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One thought on “Clarence Layne Nordstrom

  1. Comment from Emily Taylor
    20 February 2017

    Thank you for posting this information of my great-uncle. My father has his middle name, and I have given one of my son’s his name as a middle name as well. I wanted to research him to share the heroism with my son so he could honor his namesake. It is small way to carry on his legacy.

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