(Rock Island Argus  Thursday, 19 June 1969)

Rock Island Soldier Dies At Ft. Riley

Spec. 4.C. John A Clemann, a Rock Island soldier who served a year in Vietnam, has died at Fort Riley, Kan., where he had been stationed since September.  Circumstances of the death are under investigation by Riley County police in Kansas.

A 1966 graduate of Rock Island High School, Pfc. Clemann was a son of Mr. and Mrs. John R. Clemann, 2829 30th Ave., Rock Island.

Funeral arrangements are pending at the Hodgson Funeral Home in Rock Island.  Interment will be in the National Cemetery at the Rock Island Arsenal.

The youth enlisted in the Army shortly after his graduation from Rock Island High School.  He went on active duty in September 1966.  After taking his basic training at Ft. Campbell, Ky., he served a year in Vietnam.

During his tour of duty at Ft. Riley, Pfc. Clemann's unit participated in special training in Germany near the Czechoslovakian border in January and February of this year.

Pfc. Clemann was born June 14, 1948, in Rock Island.  During his career at Rock Island High School, he was vice president of the Camera Club, editor of the Literary Club magazine and assistant picture editor of the Crimson Crier, the student newspaper at the high school.  He also was a member of the Dramatic Club and a member of the football squad for a year.

He was a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Rock Island.  Before entering service, he was employed at the Coca-Cola Bottling Co. of Rock Island.

Survivors include the parents; four brothers, Douglas, Robin, Timothy and Brian, all at home, and the maternal grandfather, Arthur Dewick of Moline.

(© 1969 R I Argus)