Clarence "Ned" Edward Nettleton 1,76
- Born: 19 Dec 1920, Chicago, Cook County, IL, USA 2,8,12,92
- Died: 25 Oct 2006, Conyers, GA at age 85 107
- Buried: Chattanooga, TN 1
Of Bayberry Way, Conyers, GA. He was called "Ned." Ned was a "90 day wonder." That meant he was commissioned into the Navy and received 21 days of training before being classified as an Ensign. He served on an LSD boat and was in the South Pacific during WWII. (An LSD boat was one of those that drop the back flap to release the men. It was the type used on the beaches of Normandy. It was very traumatic for him to serve on that type of boat because some of the men cried because they didn't want to leave the safety of the boat.) (Source: Belle Radcliffe) Ned's job was to load the men onto the smaller boats, then go back for more. So he ended up staying off the beaches. He said it was awful, how everybody was crying. After the war, he was emotionally fragile. Ned was very artisitic. While at Illinois Wesleyan, he received an art award for a still life painting he'd done of a mandolin. That painting is at his home in Conyers. He continued to paint on and off through the years. Ned was also an avid golfer. He loved to get out on the course as often as he could. He also is a very good musician. He sang at Becky Radcliffe's wedding and played the piano. He worked for International Harvester for many years until he retired. He married twice. He had two children by his first wife, and married Shirley in maybe the mid-60's. They had no children together. He went with Belle and Jim, Jr. Hegarty to the Miller's farm each summer as a kid. The farm was in Spencerville, IN.
Also lived at Rt. 1, Box 249, Arvada, Colorado when divorced according to Belle. Belle visited him when he was living in Golden, Co. She went out there on the train. Linda was a baby at that time. 514 S. Jefferson, College Park, Georgia; 2666 Beeler Dr., S.W., Atlanta, GA.
After he came home from the war, he talked to Grandpa Jim Hegarty (Uncle Jim, to him) and Aunt Tessie (his mom) Jim thought there would always be trucking, and encouraged him in that line. Ned took the advise, and worked for his whole career for International Harvester in different capacities. Degree in ? graduated -- 9 yrs older than Belle.
Ned met Shirley Clift through a mutual friend at work. Shirley was a secretary.
Was Ned one of the Navel Combat Demolition Unit members? Joe found his name in a list at http://books.google.com/books?id=t5CpSh4QziEC&pg=PA346&lpg=PA346&dq=%22clarence+nettleton%22&source=web&ots=3h5U6xy1gH&sig=CG39avHASjHTt1CAje_b376CncY&hl=en&sa=X&oi=book_result&resnum=6&ct=result#PPA346,M1
Noted events in his life were:
• Birth. 92 Attended at birth by G.A. Gowan, the same doctor that Helen Hegarty used and thought so highly of.
• Residence, 19 Dec 1920, 2932 Wallace, Chicago, Cook, IL. 92
• Residence, 19 Apr 1930, 8114 S. LaSalle St., Chicago, Cook, IL. 3 Value of the home, $10,000. Values of surrounding properties were less, like in the $6,500 range. They owned a radio.
• Education: Hookway School, 1935, Chicago, Cook , IL, USA. 8 Named after Amelia Hookway, at teacher at Hubbard in 1880. Hookway was opened in 1928 and still continues today. It's located at 8100 S. LaSalle, Chicago.
• Education: Calumet High School, 1939, Chicago, Cook , IL, USA. 8 Studied General Science.
• Residence, 1939? through at least 1944, 9051 S. Racine, Chicago, Cook, IL. 12,31 Ned lived here with his mother, Aunt Claire, grandmother Elizabeth, and Uncle John Viskocil Moroney. He and his mother shared the back bedroom, but most of this time he was away at college at Illinois Wesleyan University.
• Residence, 15 Apr 1940, 9051 S. Racine, Chicago, Cook, IL. 6 Living here are Elizabeth as head; daughter Claribelle "Maroney", son John "Maroney", "Sessie" Maroney, and Clarence Nettleton.
• Residence, 1941, 301 E. Chestnut, Bloomington, McLean, IL. 391 Lived here as a student while at IL Wesleyan.
• Military Service: U.S. Navy, WWII. 1,275 He was at Normandy's Omaha Beach on June 6, 1944. Served in Navel Combat Demolition Unit No. 30. "The Frogmen of WWII"
Fought at Iwo Jima -- source: obituary, + his wife
Was on the ship U.S.S. Tolland (aka-64), according to Shirley. The Tolland was an attack cargo ship, present at Tokyo Bay during the surrender ceremony, 9-2-1945. According to Wikipedia, the USS Tolland was "the lead ship of her class of attack cargo ships of the United States Navy... designed to carry military cargo and landing craft, and to use the latter to land weapons, supplies, and Marines on enemy shores during amphibious operations." Clarence witnessed the flag being raised on Iwo Jima.
Enlistment date 9-1-1943, Release date 7-21-1946
One story Shirley Nettleton told me about Clarence was while they were in the navy, Clarence had a strong bond with his fellow servicemen. It had been a long time since they'd had a leave of absence but they finally got a day ashore. Clarence and 2 buddies had too much to drink. One of the guys was so plastered that he said he couldn't climb up the ladder to reboard the ship when the time came. Clarence threw the man over his shoulder and carried him up the entire side of the ship. They laughed about that story long after the war was over ... Clarence went to visit the guy he once carried.
Also, Clarence and Shirley had been married about 25 years before he told her what he did during the war. -- Explanations told to me at the wedding reception of Brad Bosak 3-13-2016.
Clarence is listed as one of 8 guys part of the Naval Combat Demolition Unit on their ship - from a book called The Frogmen of WWII: An Oral History of the US Navy's Underwater Demolition Units.
• Education: Degree from Illinois Wesleyan University: Bloomington, McLean, IL. 1 He lived on Franklin Park. To make ends meet, he was a busboy at one of the fraternity/sorority houses there on Franklin Park.
• Occupation: Worked for International Harvester. 1
• Residence: R. 1, Box 249, Arvada, Jefferson, CO. 87
• Residence: 514 S. Jefferson, College Park, Fulton, GA. 87
• Residence: 2666 Beeler Dr., S.W., Atlanta, Fulton, GA. 87
• Obituary: Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 26 Oct 2006. 31 Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The (GA) - October 26, 2006
Deceased Name: Clarence NETTLETON
Mr. Clarence "Ned" Nettleton, age 85 of Conyers, died October 25, 2006. He is survived by wife of 43 years, Shirley Nettleton; daughters, Mr. & Mrs. Gordon (Lynda) N. Clement, Alpharetta, Mr. & Mrs. Kenny (Gayle) Rogers, Canton; 3 grandchildren, Paige Roberson, Erin Bleisath, Devan Rogers; 1 great-grandchild, Ashlyn Bleisath. Mr. Nettleton was a member of Epiphany Lutheran Church where he sang in the church choir. He graduated from the University of Illinois - Wesleyan and retired from International Harvester after 39 years. Mr. Nettleton was a veteran of WWII and fought at Iwo Jima. Funeral services will be held Friday, Oct. 27, 2006 at 11 a.m. at Epiphany Lutheran Church with Pastor John Beckman officiating. Family will receive friends Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m. at Scot Ward's Harry White Chapel. Entombment services will be Saturday, Oct. 28, 2006 at 11 a.m. at The Chapel of Devotion, Hamilton Memorial Gardens, Hixson, TN. The family will receive friends at the Chapel at 10:30 a.m. prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Epiphany Lutheran Church Choir & Organ Fund, 2375 Ga. Hwy. 20, SE, Conyers, GA 30013. Condolences may be submitted on-line at www.ScotWard.com. Scot Ward's Funeral Services - Harry White Chapel, Conyers, 770-483-7216.
Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The (GA)
Date: October 26, 2006
Record Number: 102620096
Copyright (c) 2006 The Atlanta Journal and the Atlanta Constitution
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