Paul J. Clauss was killed in action on his 31st birthday, Dec. 15, 1944. Clauss served as a private first class in the 77th Infantry Division, U.S. Army.
He was the victim of Japanese machine gun fire while saving the life of another soldier in a battle on the Island of Leyte in the Philippines. The other soldier had been wounded in the leg. Clauss rescued him before he himself was killed.
Clauss was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for heroic service in a combat zone and the Purple Heart.
This Fallen Hero grew up in Elizabeth, but later moved with his parents to Coldevin Road in Clark.
Clauss is buried at St. Gertrude’s Cemetery in Colonia.
Clark's Fallen Heroes profiles those 21 soldiers from Clark who died in service to their country. Author William Duffy’s research into Clark’s fallen heroes included such primary sources as United States military records kept at the National Archive, articles and reports from “The Elizabeth Daily Journal,” photographs, letters and, when possible, interviews with family members and friends of the deceased.
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