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Owen Leonard Clements

Owen Leonard Clements

Male 1896 - 1916  (19 years)

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  • Name Owen Leonard Clements 
    Born 11 Feb 1896  Berrien, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 1 Jan 1916  Lowndes, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Cat Creek Cemetery, Lowndes, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I9198  Yatesville History & Genealogy
    Last Modified 17 Jun 2012 

    Father Benjamin Franklin Clements,   b. 8 Mar 1857, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother Senie Burkhalter,   b. Abt 1860 
    Family ID F4062  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    • Owen Leonard Clements and three other soldiers drowned in the Rio Grande during a border skirmish at Progreso, TX on January 26, 1916.

      Investigation of Mexican affairs: Hearing before a subcommittee of the Committee on Foreign Relations, United States Senate, Sixty-sixth Congress, first[-second] session, pursuant to S. res. 106, directing the Committee on Foreign Relations to investigate the matter of outrages on citizens of the United States in Mexico, Volume 1, 1919:

      On January 26, 1916, Pvts. W. P. Wheeler and Biggo Pederson, Battery D. Fourth United States Field Artillery, while swimming in the Rio Grande just south of Progresso, swam to Mexico side. There they were taken prisoners by the Mexicans and carried back from the river. As soon as it was reported to the officers in charge of the commands, believing that it was the intention of the Mexicans to abuse the two soldiers, Lieut. John E. Mort, Second Lieut. Bernard R. Peyton, and Lieut Albert W. Waldron, allo of Battery D, Fourth United States Field Artillery, with about 20 men, started across by fording and swimming. All but Sergt. Owen L. Clements, Corpl. Michael F. Ring, Pvt. Perry M. Rhode, and Pvt. Chas. D. Wilton Best landed safely, but thosed named were drowned, their bodies being recovered about three days later.

      This detachment was unable to find the two soldiers, though they searched many houses. Being informed that Carranza soldiers had taken them and would not maltreat them, the expedition return to the Texas side. On January 27, 1916, the Carranzists commander at Matamoras turned the two men over to United States Consul Johnson and they were soon back on Texas soil. A court-martial was covened to try the offending officers, who received some minor reprimand, and were detailed for more onerous duties elsewhere. (Source: June 16 2012; http://raycityhistory.wordpress.com/2012/06/16/military-honors-rendered-for-owen-leonard-clements/)