Howard County

Clarence Lewis Klomp




No. 4 of a Series

Clarence Lewis Klomp, son of Mr. and Mrs. Nick Klomp of York, Minn., volunteered in the U.S. Army at Preston, Minn., on March 20, 1941. He was inducted at Ft. Snelling, Minn., and shortly afterwards sent to Ft. Meade, South Dakota, where he is now a private first class, Troop D. 4th Cavalry. At present he is main gunner on a 37 mm anti-tank gun. He has licenses to drive a jeep or reconnaissance car, bantani, scout car 2 ½ ton truck, motorcycle, ½ track tank, and pick-up.

He has been awarded medals for expert with pistol and submachine gun and as sharpshooter. He also has a medal for maneuvers in Louisiana.

Previous to joining the Army he helped his father farm and the last two years operated a portable feed mill. He earned quite a reputation for his boxing ability by taking part in several boxing cards.

Clarence, nicknamed “Kuss” was born in York Township, Fillmore County, Minn., on April 15, 1918. He attended grade school in York Township.

His present address is: 4th Cavalry, D Troop, Fort Meade, S.D.


Private First Class Clarence L. Klomp of Fort Meade, S. Dak., has sent us clippings from the Omaha World-Herald telling about the arrival of the 4th Mechanized Cavalry Regiment from Ft. Meade for the Omaha Army Day parade. “Kuss” is a member of this regiment, having enlisted in the Army in March 1941.

Source: Lime Springs Herald, May 14, 1942 (photo included)

Clarence Lewis Klomp
Branch of service: Army
Enlistment date: 21 Mar 1941
Release date: 31 Oct 1945
Born: 15 Apr 1917
Died: 28 Jun 1995
Buried: Lime Springs, Iowa, Pleasant Hill Cemetery

Source: Military Record, National Archives