CATONSVILLE, Md. — WMAR-2 News is committed to improving the lives of Veterans in Maryland by giving light to their stories, struggles and triumphs. Every week a local veteran will be featured in our Veteran Spotlight contest.
This week we are honoring Thomas Clements, Sr. of Catonsville, who is a World War II veteran that served the United States Navy for 23 years. He was a radioman on a landing craft (LCI618) that was used to ferry troops from ship to shore in the Phillipines.
Clements spent most of his career in the Naval Security Group and retired as a lieutenant in 1966.
After the military, he became a Russian linguist. His best friend in the navy introduced him to his late wife, Genevieve. They raised six children and created a beautiful life together.
Clements' family is very proud of his service and says he is truly a hero to his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Last month, he celebrated his 95th birthday.
Happy belated birthday and thank you for your service and dedication to our country.