In Memory of
Navy Boatswain’s Mate 1st Class
Shelton Henry Clymer
Peever, South Dakota
Roberts County
May 10, 1902 – December 15, 1945
Killed in Action at Bataria, Java

Manila Cemetery

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Shelton Henry Clymer was born on May 10, 1902, in Sisseton, SD. His mother's name was Sadie and his stepfather was Leon Clymer.  Shelton attended school in his hometown of Peever.  In May of 1919 he began working for Clayton Van Tassel, the barber in Peever.

Shelton entered active service of the Armed Forces in November 1919.  From then on Mr. Clymer dedicated his life to serve his country. On December 3, 1920, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy as an Apprentice Seaman at the Navy Recruiting Station in Omaha, Nebraska.  From 1920 to 1934 Seaman first class Clymer served aboard the ships the USS Procyon and USS Oklahoma.   During this time Seaman First Class Clymer was issued several honorable discharges and reenlisted several times.  His final enlistment on December 18, 1937, was on board the USS Houston, a U.S. Navy heavy cruiser.  His rank was Coxswain. During World War II, the USS Houston was sent to the South Pacific.

On March 1, 1942, the USS Houston was sunk by gunfire and torpedoes of Japanese warships in the Sunda Strait of the Netherlands East Indies (present day Indonesia), and Boatswain's Mate First Class Clymer was aboard. The Secretary of the U.S. Navy first put him under missing status. Boatswain Mate First Class Shelton Henry Clymer was presumed dead on December 15, 1945.  The place of death is listed as Bataria, Java.

 I will remember the service and sacrifice of Boatswain’s Mate First Class Shelton Henry Clymer.

This entry was respectfully submitted by Carl P. Rasmussen, 12th Grade, Sisseton High School, Sisseton, South Dakota, February 12, 2002. Information for this entry was provided by bonus records and the Sisseton Centennial Book.