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Friday, October 24, 2014

Marine Cpl. Donovan E. Clancy, Ridgway. PA

 Services Saturday For Missing Ridgway Marine
US Marine

RIDGWAY, Pa. — A celebration of life will take place Saturday in Ridgway, Pa. for Marine Cpl. Donovan E. Clancy after his commanding officer officially submitted a determination of death.

The celebration of life will take place at 1 p.m., Saturday, in St. Leo's Church, 111 Depot St., Ridgway, Pa. The family asks that donations in Cpl. Clancy's name be made to the Wounded Warrior Fund

According to the Stars and Stripes news service, Clancy, the grandson of Edward G. Clancy, Jr., of Hornell, was reported missing on Sept. 26 in a swimming-related incident while wading in heavy surf conditions on the northwestern shore of Tinian.

Exhaustive searches were conducted Sept. 26-30 for Cpl. Clancy, who is from Ridgway. The five day search was conducted by land, sea, and air assets and encompassed 1,714 square nautical miles, according to military officials and press reports.

Stars and Stripes reported that on the morning of Oct. 1, Coast Guard District 14 Commander, Rear Admiral Cari Thomas, suspended the search for Clancy, who was swept over the reef at LamLam Beach on the northwestern side of Tinian, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI).

Rear Adm. Bette Bolivar, Commander, Joint Region Marianas, released a statement in response to the suspension of the search for the missing Marine, who was temporarily assigned to Tinian.

"May God bless the family of Cpl. Donovan Clancy and the Marines assigned to Marine Wing Communication Squadron 18. My thoughts are with the Marines on Tinian during this difficult time as they are away from their homes. The training they are participating in as part of Forager Fury and the work they do every day are vital to the defense of our nation. To the families of everyone who has been affected by this tragedy, our hearts and prayers go out to you."

Clancy is also survived by his wife, Tiffany Clancy, and his stepson, Brandon Clancy.

According to the military, Clancy's commendations include the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Meritorious Mast, Korean Defense Service Medal and the National Defense Service Medal.

By Neal Simon
The Evening Tribune

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1 comment :

Gale said...

My thoughts and prayers go out to this family. We do not know each other, but i am truly sorry for your loss. My teenager is in the Army and I clearly understand the challenges our fine military, be it Marine, Army, Navy, Air Force give for our country. Very Proud of you Marine Cpl Donovan Clancy. R.I.P.