Clem E. "Ed" Horn

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Clem E. "Ed" Horn, 79, of Colorado Springs died June 30, 2014 at a local hospital. Ed was born in 1934 in St. Louis, MO to Clem E. Horn Sr. and Margaret M. Horn. Both are deceased.

He had been a resident of the Colorado Springs area since 1965 and was a graduate of Pikes Peak (El Paso) Community College where he attained degrees of an Associate in Arts and an Associate in Science with a Major in Police Science. Ed served in the Army from 1953 to 1974 and achieved the rank of Master Sergeant and was the First Sergeant of Delta Company, 3rd Battalion (Airborne), 506th Infantry (Currahee), 101st Airborne Division in South Vietnam during the period 1968-1969. Among the individual awards he received were the Combat Infantry Badge, the Bronze Star Medal, Air Medal and the Army Commendation Medal. His unit awards included the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Palm and the equivalents of the Distinguished Service Cross (Presidential), Silver Star (Valorous), and Bronze Star (Meritorious). During his career he also served overseas tours in Germany, Korea and East Africa (Ethiopia). Ed spent 4 years in the 28th Infantry and was an infantryman for 15 years of his career in the army.

Ed was also a contributor to the following books: "The Stand Alone Battalion", A Pictorial Chronology of the 3-506 Vietnam Odyssey (1967-1971), authored by Jerald W. Berry and Joe R. Alexander; "My Gift to You", the individual stories of the 152 men of the 3rd Bn 506th Infantry who gave their lives in the service of their country in Vietnam and how each of them met their deaths, authored by Jerald W. Berry; and "A Century of Valor", The First One Hundred Years of the Twenty Eighth United States Infantry Regiment-Black Lions, authored by Col. Stephen L. Bowman, USA (Ret).

After retirement from the Army, Ed was an El Paso County Deputy Sheriff for nine years during which time he received several letters of commendation and the Outstanding Deputy if the Year Award for the years 1981 and 1983.

He is survived by his wife Connie L. Horn (Larue); 4 children by previous marriage, a son John and 3 daughters, Barbara Rowan, Diana Smith and Susan Sandoval. He is also survived by a step-daughter Trina Larue and four grandchildren.

Per his request he was cremated and a private service will be held.

Published in The Gazette on July 4, 2014
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