William Joseph Clemente (USN Retired), born
to COL William W. Clemente (USA) and Barbara
Clemente on May 15th 1926, died
September 12, 2006 at his home in Oswego,
NY. He is survived by his wife Kim Anh
Clemente; Sons; Dr. William A. Clemente and
his wife Dr. Linda Clemente; Keith P.
Clemente and his fiancÚ Tammy; MAJ Timothy
M. Clemente (USA) and his wife Anita
Clemente; MAJ Anthony T. Clemente (USA) and
|his wife CPT Bonnie B. Clemente (USA);
Daughters Ann L. Nyswonger and her husband
David Nyswonger; Stacia A. Aspenwall and her
fiancÚ John; Jean E. Majercin and her
husband Larry Majercin; and Jacqueline G.
Clemente and her husband W01 Keith Lattman
(USMC); Sisters: Bernice Starace of Lutz FL
and family; and Barbara "Babs" Tucker and
her pre-deceased husband Major (USMC Ret) E.
S. Tucker of Westmore, VT and family.
Clemente entered the naval service in
October of 1943 and took part in action in
the pacific theater. He served during the
Korean conflict and later in the Vietnam
Theater. Noteworthy assignments in his 30
year naval career included numerous tours in
the elite naval special warfare unit known
as the "Beach Jumpers". The Beach Jumper
units were highly secretive tactical
deception and psychological operations units
founded in WWII by Douglas Fairbanks Jr.
These units later became the modern SEAL
teams. He served in these units both as an
enlisted man and as an officer. Significant
assignments as a Beach Jumper included
Commanding Officer Beach Jumper Unit 1
Coronado NAB; Assistant Officer in Charge
Naval Special Warfare Group Vietnam,
attached to Commander of Naval Forces
Vietnam, commanding all Navy SEAL, UDT, Boat
Support and Beach Jumper units; Assistant
Officer in Charge Naval Special Warfare
Group Western Pacific Detachment Okinawa,
Japan. LCDR Clemente was a qualified naval
parachutist, scuba diver, demolition,
unconventional warfare and jungle warfare
expert. LCDR Clemente’s numerous personal
and unit awards include the Silver Star,
Bronze Star with Valor device, and Purple
Heart. Following his naval career, Bill
worked as a warehouse supervisor for Stone
and Webster until his retirement in 1988.
Since his retirement, he has lived in
seclusion in Spooky Woods Farm, Southwest
BJU-2, 1953-56, 1962-66
'Our association has
lost one fine Navy Veteran'
BJU2 -1953-56, 1962-66