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WWII sailor killed in action to be honored

September 29, 2012
Daily Press

RAPID RIVER - Clarence Henry Frazer was born in Powers Sept. 12, 1919, to John and Mary (Schneider) Frazer. He made his home in Powers and graduated from Powers-Spalding High School on May 20, 1937.

Frazer worked for his father in the logging business. In 1941, he worked at Mercury Aircraft company in Menominee and at Frankfort Sale Plane in Joliet, Ill., until he entered military service in 1943.

Frazer enlisted in the Navy and was stationed at Great Lakes, Ill., before being assigned to California where he was shipped out aboard a Landing Ship, Tank (LST).

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Cpl. Clarence Frazer

On June 21, 1945, the sailor was killed when a Kamikaze Japanese pilot flew his plane in the LST, 20 miles from Okinawa.

For his military service, Frazer was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart and the World War II Victory Medal.

Survivors included his parents, John and Mary Frazer; five brothers, John (Jeanette), Raymond (Avis), Louis (Nancy), Walter (Marilyn), and Joseph; three sisters, Bernadette (Warren) Kudzma, Theresa (Art) Messier, and Anna Mae Frazer. All Frazer's siblings are deceased with the exception of Walter and Anna Mae.



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