Clair Harry Dunlevy
October 5, 2015
He also served in the Army national Guard.
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October 8. 2015
A New Uniform
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UPDATE: Dying WWII Veteran RECEIVES a Marine Uniform to be Buried In
|From KOIN TV 6 CBS koin.com 09/18/15:
Dying World War 2 vet gets replacement uniform
Clair Dunlevy served his country for more than 30 years
Amy Frazier and KOIN 6 News Staff
Published: September 18, 2015, 11:12 am Updated: September 18, 2015, 5:24 pm
SALEM, Ore. (KOIN) — Clair Dunlevy served his country with distinction for decades. He served in the Army National Guard and spent 30 years in the US Marine Corps.
The 93-year-old World War 2 veteran spent time on the USS Mississippi during the war.
After the war, he worked for PGE for 30 years, first as a lineman and then as a troubleshooter. He’s a widower with 3 children and 4 grandkids.
But “doctors say he may have only until the end of this week to live,” his son, David Dunlevy, told KOIN 6 News.
Though he is in hospice care at a Salem hospital, he maintains his sense of humor, his son said.
“The nurses really like him here. He asked one nurse if she wanted to dance.”
He was proud to have served his country, and a family member discovered his Marine uniform he kept all these years was in bad shape from moths and mice.
The family wanted to see him buried in his uniform, but didn’t know what to do.
A photographer who has made it his mission to honor veterans and goes by the name Q Madp runs a tribute site for vets — OurWarHeroes.org. He photographs veterans memorial services at no charge to the families.
He heard about Clair Dunlevy and spread the word through social media to help get him a uniform quickly.
A group called Columbia River Young Marines provided the uniform while other vets and community members helped with ribbons and medals.
“There were a lot of Marines who were calling me saying I’ll give you my uniform,” Q Madp said. “By that time I had already secured the uniform from the Young Marines.”
There were 2 ribbons they couldn’t find, but a Patriot Guard rider found them and donated them.
“I’m grateful I was able to do that for this gentleman,” he said. “You know, I can’t help them all, but if everyone of us can help one or two, imagine.”
When the uniform was presented to Clair Dunlevy Friday, he smiled broadly.
His son said this donation was totally unexpected.
“It means quite a bit, wasn’t expecting it at all,” he said. “I’m kind of lost for words.”
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