|Master Sargent Clifford Gamble, 1940||Clifford And His Wife Martha|
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|Street: 1269 FLUSHING AVE||City & State: CLEARWATER, FL||E-Mail:|
|Zip: 33764-4907||Phone: 727 523 1727||Spouse: MARTHA H|
|Conflict: WW11||Service Branch: ARMY||Unit: 2nd Ranger Bt|
|Theater: ETO||Where Captured: Northern France||Date Captured: 12/16/43|
|Camps Held In: 4B 8A 11B||How Long Interned: 484 days|
|liberated / repatriated: liberated||Date Liberated: 04/13/45||Age at Capture: 19|
|Medals Received: Bronze Star, Purple Heart with 3 Clusters) French Court-De-Guiardea, P.O.W. Medal, ETO with 2 Battle Stars, Victory Medal, Good Conduct Medal.|
|Military Job:||Company: Biltmore Dairy Farms|
|Occupation after War: Computor Controler|
CLIFF GAMBLE American hero (Died April 2, 1999)Medals: Bronze Star, Purple Heart with 3 Clusters) French Court-De-Guiardea, P.O.W. Medal, ETO with 2 Battle Stars, Victory Medal, Good Conduct Medal.
After having been engaged is a fierce hand-to-hand battle Cliff was severely wounded on his left arm and hand. He continued shooting, however, until he passed out and was later captured by the enemy. Refusing to work for the Germans, he was beaten repeatedly by guards. He escaped and was recaptured three times, and spent weeks at a time in solitary confinement. He survived a forced 85-mile forced march across Germany. Cliff was 6 1 when he was captured and 85 pounds when he was liberated.
Cliff Gamble served as Chapter Commander in the American Ex-POWs in North Carolina, and after he moved to Florida he was elected as Chapter Commander of the Barbed Wire Seminole Chapter where he served for several years in the 90s. Later, he served as Senior Vice Commander, Chapter Chaplain, and assistant Service Officer until he died. In fact, with the help of his wife, Martha, he filed a claim for and Ex-POW just three days before he went to the hospital for the last time.
The American Ex-Prisoners of War motto, We exist to help those who can not help themselves, was exemplified to its fullest by this valiant soldier.
|My Message to Future Generations:
Freedom comes at a high cost, support your country, prize your freedom, honor your flag, and be a real man, go forward.
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