William E. Clifton
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Pleasant Valley, NY - William Edward Clifton, 95, died Monday, September 23, 2013 at Castle Point VA Medical Center.
He was born on East 81st Street, NYC, July 20, 1918 to Alfred and Gertrude (Eustace) Clifton.
As a young man he worked with the Civilian Conservation Corp in Priest River, Idaho. He later served in the National Guard until World War II began, and joined the US Army in 1941. There he became a Master Sergeant, medic, sharpshooter, etc. He was captured by the enemy in late 1944, spent several months in a German POW camp and escaped back to allied lines in 1945. He was awarded the Bronze Star for valor. After the war ended, he returned to the states and briefly served in the National Guard again before becoming an employee for the Olivetti Corporation.
In 1950 he married the love of his life, Bernadette McGursky, and they moved to Pleasant Valley. She predeceased him in 1978.
Bill later volunteered unselfishly for 18 years at the Castle Point VA Hospital, and was a staunch supporter of the veterans' every need.
He is survived by a sister, Agnes Bangert, of Flushing, MI, and several nieces, nephews, friends and neighbors.
Bill was a member of St. Stanislaus Roman Catholic Church in Pleasant Valley and a member of the Knights of Columbus first at Wappingers Falls, N.Y., and later at Pleasant Valley.
There will be no calling hours.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered Friday at 10:00AM at St. Stanislaus Church, Main St., Pleasant Valley. Burial Calvary Cemetery, Queens, N.Y.
Arrangements are in charge of the Delehanty Funeral Home, Wappingers Falls.
To send a condolence, visit www.delehantyfuneral.com
Delehanty Funeral Home
64 E Main St Wappingers Falls, NY 12590
Published in the Poughkeepsie Journal on Sept. 26, 2013