Name: Clarence Joseph Novak
Rank: Corporal / Specialist Four
Pay Grade: E4
Home of Record: Dwight, NE
Birth Date: August 21, 1949
Religion: Roman Catholic
Death Date: April 5, 1970
Cause of Death: "ground casualty gun, small arms fire hostile";
Died in Hau Nghia at age 20
The body was recovered.
We were on a night bush. We were surprised and when the bush blew Novak sat straight up and was immediately hit. I called for a Medivac. While waiting for the chopper Jazz and someone else gave artificial respiration. As the chopper was arriving Jazz was called to the radio and I replaced him giving external heart massage. We didn't give up but our efforts were in vain.
Novak was our machine gunner (M60) since Johnson left. He was missed and I will always remember that night.