Sergeant Keith Clinton, the last survivor of the B-17 crash that claimed the life of Ironton, Ohio’s Raymond Stephenson, was laid to rest with his wife Evelyn, a member of the Women’s Air Corps, at Arlington National Cemetery.
Mr. Clinton was a brave soldier who served as a gunner on Raymond’s crew. Ironically, just as Raymond’s wife Helen became a widow on her first wedding anniversary in 1944, Evelyn Clinton was widowed on her anniversary. It was her and Mr. Clinton’s 70th.
I met with Mr. Clinton twice while researching and writing, She Called Him Raymond. The story could not have been told completely without his help. We met a third time at a presentation and book signing event in his hometown of Grand Rapids, Michigan, where I had the honor of recognizing him.
I am grateful to have known this gentleman, thankful for his valiant service in World War II, and honored to attend his internment ceremony at this sacred place. I am much obliged to his wonderful family, especially his daughters and sons (Loraine, Adele, Greg and Jay), for their friendship and for inviting me to share in this solemn ceremony.
The Clintons at Chanute Field, Illinois (1945)
Sergeant Clinton (back row, fourth from right)
Pilot, Lieutenant Clarence Raymond Stephenson (front row, far right)
The Clinton family at the Old Post Chapel.
21 Gun Salute
The bugler plays Taps.
The folding of the flags for presentation to the family.