Pork Chop Hill and (then) 1st lieutenant Joseph G. Clemens.

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    • Pork Chop Hill and (then) 1st lieutenant Joseph G. Clemens.

      I have the priviledge to announce that this fine Gentleman and combat veteran--is still doing well.

      Thanks to Keith (Hawkswill) who was more than nice enough to find out something for me--she located-and got in contact with--the man who was played by Gregory Peck--in that great war movie about the fight for Pork Chop Hill.

      Not only did Keith get his address for me--but his phone number as well. Ill be sending him a few images I have from the movie (some thanks to Bill and his generosity) and some of my lobby cards--to get signed by THE MAN HIMSELF.

      Also, thanks to Keith, I got to speak with this gent yesterday for awhile--as well as his nice Wife.

      The gent I am talking about is (at PCH--he was a 1st lieutenant) but retired as a Colonel)) Colonel Joseph Gordon Clemens. This nice Gent is living history and for me--more than makes my year--let alone day, week and month ;-))

      Ill and hopefully Keith--will be adding more to this.
      Es Ist Verboten Mit Gefangenen In Einzelhaft Zu Sprechen..

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    • Re: Pork Chop Hill and (then) 1st lieutenant Joseph G. Clemens.

      Thanks for posting this Carl,
      and well done to you and Keith
      for your research, which has
      produced a most satisfying result.
      You must be thrilled to have personal contact with this great man
      Best Wishes
      Keith
      London- England
    • Re: Pork Chop Hill and (then) 1st lieutenant Joseph G. Clemens.

      When Carl asked me to check in NC for him, I thought I was in for the long haul. But, the first thing I put in brought up his city. Then, I got his phone and address and called him to explain about what a fantastic fan Carl was of his. Very modest fellow. I asked, "Do I have the honor of speaking with Colonel Joseph Clemons, the hero of Pork Chop Hill?" He told me I had the right person but he was certainly no hero! He asked me about my family's military history and was able to tell him of my cousin Cecil the retired General here in Raleigh, My LT, JG Mom from WWII, My grandfather a captain in WWI and Colonel in Hollywood promoting the war effort in WWII. Then told him about Dad's Curtis Wright airplanes that we call his medals. He was quite impressed! Then...........called Carl and he apparently won the fellah over. Think we will be seeing some pretty cool original pics for the actual people involved in the battle. WAY TO GO, CARL! KEITH

      ethanedwards wrote:

      Thanks for posting this Carl,
      and well done to you and Keith
      for your research, which has
      produced a most satisfying result.
      You must be thrilled to have personal contact with this great man
      God, she reminds me of me! DUKE
    • Re: Pork Chop Hill and (then) 1st lieutenant Joseph G. Clemens.

      Awesome job, Keith! A favor Carl will never forget. I can only imagine the stories Colonel Joseph Clemons could tell.

      Mark
      "I couldn't go to sleep at night if the director didn't call 'cut'. "
    • Re: Pork Chop Hill and (then) 1st lieutenant Joseph G. Clemens.

      ethanedwards wrote:

      Thanks for posting this Carl,
      and well done to you and Keith
      for your research, which has
      produced a most satisfying result.
      You must be thrilled to have personal contact with this great man



      I was and I still am riding high on it. Its like talking with say--Pappy Boyington (which I did shortly before he passed away. I got to talk with him for about 5 minutes as he was busy with his business that was at an airport in Florida.

      Im hoping he is willing to let me get some info ive never seen in books before--like as complete a roster of the names of the men who served in King Company at that battle--and maybe contact with any survivors. I dont want to ask for too much but--I also would like to know if his 2nd in command (who is Japanese American) Lt. Suki Ohashi (SP? and portrayed by George Shibata) as well as his Brother in Law: Walt Russel (who I think was played by Rip Torn??)-who led a company as reinforcement up that hill--I want to see if they are still alive as well.
      Es Ist Verboten Mit Gefangenen In Einzelhaft Zu Sprechen..

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    • Re: Pork Chop Hill and (then) 1st lieutenant Joseph G. Clemens.

      Gorch wrote:

      Hawk and Carl, you two are one hell of a pair of aces! Joe Clemmens? Damn. I envy you both. The man's response is that of a genuine veteran.
      Keep up the righteous work.



      We deal in lead, friend.



      Hi Bill and tank you. Keith is an Ace--im just a Jack ;-)) The little time I got to speak with him as well as with his Wife--words cant describe it enough for me. To me he is (though he denied being so) he is a true hero. Also, Im hoping that maybe the idea of him being upgraded to a Medal of Honor status--will grow. I wonder how people get these things started? He was also a hero in Vietnam. ;-))
      Es Ist Verboten Mit Gefangenen In Einzelhaft Zu Sprechen..
    • Re: Pork Chop Hill and (then) 1st lieutenant Joseph G. Clemens.

      Thank you keith, and he said he would look for pics of him that were taken during or shortly fter the battle, and would try to send a couple along ;-))
      Es Ist Verboten Mit Gefangenen In Einzelhaft Zu Sprechen..
    • Re: Pork Chop Hill and (then) 1st lieutenant Joseph G. Clemens.

      WOW, I just noticed that he was also in the Screaming Eagles a bit later on as a Captain in the photo with him in uniform--something else I had not known about him.
      Es Ist Verboten Mit Gefangenen In Einzelhaft Zu Sprechen..
    • Re: Pork Chop Hill and (then) 1st lieutenant Joseph G. Clemens.

      Just had another nice chat with this Gentleman and got told some stuff which ill collect and post here later. Ill probably do that late this month or early April.

      Oh and, Keith, thanks for letting me know about that place they like getting food from--he has already enjoyed some and was going to get more soon as we got off the phone. I didnt want to keep him waiting so was only on the phone about 12 minutes. ;-))

      Also, good news on the autograph front--he's willing to sign a few more stills for me after I get more--which I told him will probably be in March since this month has been my most expensive one since before moving to Austin.
      Es Ist Verboten Mit Gefangenen In Einzelhaft Zu Sprechen..
    • Re: Pork Chop Hill and (then) 1st lieutenant Joseph G. Clemens.

      I also talked with Col. Joe today as he couldn't find Carl's phone number and wanted to thank him for the gift certificate that Carl had sent him. I had talked to his wife before to find out the places they like to eat. Found out that she knew my father's hometown very well and knew of the State Park that was founded in honor of my father's best friend, who after numerous successful submarine commands, was all of a sudden lost to the deep....his sub was never recovered. The park is named Bobby Brown State park and is near Elberton, GA.....it is on the map. She and I plan to talk more as we surely must know a lot of the same people. She was also very familiar with Athens, Ga, (near Elberton), where my mother was born and raised and my grandfather, Will Keith Hawks was the Railroad Yard Master for Seaboard RR.

      But, today, I told Joe, I finally got a half decent copy of Pork Chop Hill and got to see what really happened in the movie. I knew that he had been there to "oversee" the production, but I was curious if they stuck to the true storyline. He said that there were some technical things that couldn't be recreated but all in all it was pretty much down to the letter. I particularly asked about that bunker they had to retreat to in order to save the Hill for the last little bit. He said the film company had done a fine job of recreating what it was like inside that bunker with the flamethrower hitting them......pretty much controlled pandemonium I think. I asked did they really throw sandbags like crazy to keep the flames out. He said, "Oh, that was a fact". Joe is very easy to talk to, and yet you still feel like you are, in a way, talking to a history book.....but a real LIVE one. We talked of Viet Nam some. He had never met my General cousin, but then, I didn't really think he would have.

      Quite a wonderful experience to talk with someone like Colonel Joe, and the wife who waited at home for him. I thank Carl greatly for that opportunity as it never would have happened if not for him and his love of the military men who served our country. I will be sending the link to this for them a while later. If anyone wants to thank him for his service or share some of their own exploits connected with this, please do so soon. Man, what a kick! Of all the many celebrities throughout the years that I have met and known, I consider my chat with Joe and his wife to be among the highlights....certainly the proudest! KEITH
      God, she reminds me of me! DUKE