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.