Mike and H&S Companies
Third Battalion, Fifth Marines
RVN, 1966 -1971
John Clair was the Commanding Officer of Mike Company during the middle months of 1969. Sadly, he died of a heart attack in December, 2000.
Here is how Paul O'Connell, who served with John, remembers him:
"I am deeply saddened to hear that John Clair passed away. From about 1990 until around 1997 we wrote letters back and forth to each other. I have probably more than 30 letters from John. I never told him, but he had become like a father to me. He helped me so muchto understand Vietnam and what we really were doing there, and why we had to be there. He helped me sort out all the guilt I brought home with me. (and yet I feel some guilt right now because I did not know of his death earlier and could have attended his funeral, but because of his words over the years, the guilt will melt as the shock leaves me).