Harry Allen Clawson’s story is a relevant tale of personal sacrifice, great loss, and the true cost of war. It’s a story of duty, the love of freedom and the love of family more than self. Harry’s story is an incredible one, yet it’s not unique. It is for that very reason that his story is worth telling. Harry represents so many that deserve to be remembered.
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Engraved in a massive stone tower overlooking row upon row of headstones in the American Cemetery, in Margarten, The Netherlands, are the words:
EACH FOR HIS OWN MEMORIAL
EARNED PRAISE THAT WILL NEVER DIE
AND WITH IT
THE GRANDEST OF SEPULCHERS
NOT THAT IN WHICH
HIS MORTAL BONES ARE LAID
BUT A HOME
IN THE MINDS OF MEN
Harry, I will never forget you. You are my family. You are my connection to the past, and in a way, to something bigger than myself.