In Memory of
U.S. Navy Reserve Seaman First Class
Maurice Francis Clancy
Aberdeen, South Dakota
Brown County
June 27, 1924 - June 13, 1944
Died of Illness at Great Lakes Naval Hospital in Illinois

Maurice Francis Clancy

Maurice Francis Clancy was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota on June 27, 1924.  He was born to Bernard and Marie Clancy.  He had two brothers, James and Raymond, along with one sister, Florence.  His hometown was Aberdeen, South Dakota.  He attended the Sacred Heart School and the Aberdeen High School and later was a student at Northern State Teachers College in 1942 and 1943. He was an  excellent poet as well as a member of the Sacred Heart Church and the Newman Club. 

Maurice entered active service on May 14, 1943, at the Naval Recruiting Center at Minneapolis. He received his boot training at Farragut, Idaho. Seaman Clancy was first assigned to the aircraft carrier Lexington but according to the local newspaper, he was transferred to the Bainbridge academy, where he graduated first in his class after establishing a new scholastic record for the school. He completed his foreign service from December 31, 1943, to February 9, 1944, and then was returned to the United States.

Seaman Maurice Clancy perished at the Great Lakes Naval Hospital in Illinois when he was only 19, on June 13, 1944, after suffering from rheumatic fever for a month. His body was returned to Aberdeen, and he was buried at the Sacred Heart cemetery in Aberdeen, South Dakota.

Some of his memory is in his poems. One was called “I Am of the Young,” and ended with the lines: “I am of the young who do not wish to kill. I am of the young who kill. I am of the young who fall in love with living. I am of the too young to die. I am of the young who die--young.”

This entry was respectfully submitted by Hannah Remington, United State History class at Groton High School. Information for this entry was provided by the Aberdeen American News, 6/14/44 issue, and an application for a SD veteran’s bonus payment.