War hero to address Okinawa, Sasebo units
Author and motivational speaker Clebe McClary is scheduled to pass on his life view of “press on regardless” at a dozen events on Okinawa from Feb. 14 to 19.
McClary, a professional motivational speaker for 25 years, wrote the book “Living Proof” and, with his wife, Deanna, co-authored “Commitment to Love.” Also, a documentary, “Portrait of an American Hero,” was made about McClary’s life.
McClary is a former Marine officer who served with the 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division in Vietnam from 1967 to 1968. When his unit engaged in hand-to-hand combat with enemy troops, he lost both his left arm and eye — but continued to lead his men in the fighting.
McClary’s seven injuries required 34 reconstructive surgeries. He received three Purple Hearts, the Silver Star and the Bronze Star for his service.
McClary’s Okinawa speaking schedule:
Saturday, 9 to 10 a.m., Professional Military Education (PME) at Camp Schwab.Sunday, 9 to 10 a.m., service at Chapel One on Kadena Air Base.Sunday, 11 a.m. to noon, worship service at Camp Hansen’s West Chapel.Sunday, 6 to 7 p.m., special event at Central Baptist Church in Ginowan.Feb. 17, 6:30 to 8 a.m., National Prayer Breakfast at Camp Kinser Galley.Feb. 17, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., luncheon at the Habu Pit on Marine Corps Air Station Futenma.Feb. 17, 1 to 2 p.m., PME at the Camp Foster Theater.Feb. 18, 8 to 9:30 a.m., Core Values/Leadership PME at the Camp Courtney Chapel.Feb. 18, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., General Military Training at White Beach.Feb. 18, 1 to 2 p.m., PME at White Beach.Feb. 19, 6:30 to 7:30 a.m., National Prayer Breakfast at Camp Hansen.Feb. 19, 9 to 10 a.m., PME at the Camp Hansen Theater.McClary and his wife are to travel to Sasebo Naval Base Feb. 20 for these presentations that day:
7:30 a.m., Leadership Breakfast at the base’s Shogun Cafe9:30 a.m., shore-based personnel all-hands presentation at the Community and Education Center Auditorium.1:30 p.m., sea-based personnel all-hands presentation at the Community and Education Center Auditorium.3:30 p.m., open session at the Community and Education Center Auditorium.Deanna McClary will speak at a luncheon planned at the Harbor View Club from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.The McClarys are to travel next to Yokosuka Naval Base, where they will remain until Feb. 22.
For more information call DSN 642-2223.
Greg Tyler contributed to this report.