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Clair Harry Dunlevy

Salem, Oregon

October 5, 2015

Age Military Rank Unit/Location
93 Marine TSgt/GSgt


 He also served in the Army national Guard.
He spend 30 plus years on and off in the USMC and was on the US Mississippi (in this photo) as a Marine

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October 8. 2015

A New Uniform

09/16/15 1727 Picking up uniform in Vancouver from Lewis & Clark Young Marines 09/17/15 1050 Larry McDougall purchased these items from the PX on Swan Island. We surched a surplus store in Portland for the last 3 missing pieces. 09/17/15 1222 Heidi from Cruise In Consignment in Vancouver, stopping everything to sew on the chevrons.

09/17/15 1730 Receiving Tie-Bar from Brian Hidebrant in Vancouver. He is wiith the Lewis & Clark Young Marines. 09/18/15 0813 ?Jim Kruchoski found missing ribbons in Aloha and gave them to me at the cemetery.

From KXL kxl.com 09/18/15:

UPDATE: Dying WWII Veteran RECEIVES a Marine Uniform to be Buried In
Written by Brett Reckamp on September 18, 2015

SALEM, Ore. — 93-year-old Clair Dunlevy has a very short time to live. Doctors at his Salem, hospital say his kidney’s are failing and he is unlikely to make it to next month and his 94th birthday. He spent over 30 years serving in the military, mostly as a Marine but also in the Army National Guard.

Unfortunately, when his family tried to find his uniform to bury him in it, they found that it had been eaten by mice.

However, a number of Clair’s friends and family have been working hard ever since they brought this story to light and it aired on KXL. They have since secured a Marines uniform and decorated it. Below are some of the pictures of the process.

Huge thanks go to family friend and supporter Q Madp who did a lot of the legwork.

From KOIN TV 6 CBS koin.com 09/18/15:

Dying World War 2 vet gets replacement uniform
Clair Dunlevy served his country for more than 30 years

Amy Frazier and KOIN 6 News Staff
Published: September 18, 2015, 11:12 am Updated: September 18, 2015, 5:24 pm

SALEM, Ore. (KOIN) — Clair Dunlevy served his country with distinction for decades. He served in the Army National Guard and spent 30 years in the US Marine Corps.

The 93-year-old World War 2 veteran spent time on the USS Mississippi during the war.

After the war, he worked for PGE for 30 years, first as a lineman and then as a troubleshooter. He’s a widower with 3 children and 4 grandkids.

But “doctors say he may have only until the end of this week to live,” his son, David Dunlevy, told KOIN 6 News.

Though he is in hospice care at a Salem hospital, he maintains his sense of humor, his son said.

“The nurses really like him here. He asked one nurse if she wanted to dance.”

He was proud to have served his country, and a family member discovered his Marine uniform he kept all these years was in bad shape from moths and mice.

The family wanted to see him buried in his uniform, but didn’t know what to do.

A photographer who has made it his mission to honor veterans and goes by the name Q Madp runs a tribute site for vets — OurWarHeroes.org. He photographs veterans memorial services at no charge to the families.

He heard about Clair Dunlevy and spread the word through social media to help get him a uniform quickly.

A group called Columbia River Young Marines provided the uniform while other vets and community members helped with ribbons and medals.

“There were a lot of Marines who were calling me saying I’ll give you my uniform,” Q Madp said. “By that time I had already secured the uniform from the Young Marines.”

There were 2 ribbons they couldn’t find, but a Patriot Guard rider found them and donated them.

“I’m grateful I was able to do that for this gentleman,” he said. “You know, I can’t help them all, but if everyone of us can help one or two, imagine.”

When the uniform was presented to Clair Dunlevy Friday, he smiled broadly.

His son said this donation was totally unexpected.

“It means quite a bit, wasn’t expecting it at all,” he said. “I’m kind of lost for words.”

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