the valiant men and women
CLYDE A SWENSON
Spanish Fork, UT
WWII, Pacific Theatre, Philippines, Japan
43rd infantry division, 11th Airborne division, Paratrooper. Recon Scout
Sgt Swenson, along with his twin brother Cleve, joined the US army immediately after high school in 1944. After basic and advanced training they were shipped to the Pacific Theatre for the Liberation of the Philippines. He served as a recon scout pursuing the enemy through the jungles of Luzon Island, accompanied by Filipino resistance fighters, calling in artillery and aircraft fire upon the enemy. After the liberation of the Philippines and the end of the war, Sgt Swenson was transported to Japan where his unit, the 188th Paratroop infantry regiment, were the first American military to occupy Japan.
After Sgt Swenson was mustered out of the army, using the GI Bill he graduated from BYU and received his Master degree from NYU. His lifetime since WWII has been spent in service to his community and country as a successful rancher and city councilman for over 20 years.
Sgt Swenson was awarded the Bronze Star, Combat Infantryman’s Badge and the Airborne Badge, all of which he displays proudly.
Corporal Keith Davis
US Army 1943 to 1945
Corporal Davis was drafted in 1943 shortly after high school graduation. Basic training was at Camp Robert, CA. Assigned to the 16th Field Artillery Battery, he was immediately shipped to England in advance of the invasion of Normandy. Arriving on Utah Beach, he soon witnessed the carnage of the initial invasion where 1000’s of allied soldiers were killed.
Fighting his way across France and Belgium during the bloody Battle of the Bulge, Corporal Davis witnessed the liberation of Paris, then fought on across Belgium arriving at the German Border on the Rhine River on Jan 3, 1945. The battle ensued across Germany until his unit arrived at the Ordif death camp near Buchenwald. Continuing the battle across Germany his unit arrived at Nuremburg and ultimately engaged the enemy to Pilsner, Czechoslovakia where they met up with the advancing Russian Forces. He was there until the end of the war in Europe on VE day.
Corporal Davis bravery cannot be overemphasized. Few men have witnessed the horrors he was subjected to, both on the battlefield and at the Nazi death camps. His courage and heroism exemplifies the valor of the men and women who have worn our nations uniforms on the battlefields.
Corporal Davis returned to Utah and married, raising a family and building a successful business. His life was spent in service of his community and nations serving in several veterans organization and speaking about the events he witnessed so that no one will ever forget that “Freedom isn’t Free” . May God grant him peace. He is survived by his wife Marva.