TEC4 Clayton B. ‘’Boy’’ Baum

Service Battery, 268th Field Artillery Battalion

Clayton B. Baum was born on June 1, 1923 in Cleveland, Ohio.

After graduating from high school in 1941. In 1943, he was drafted into the US Army and attended basic and advanced training in Vancouver, WA and Camp Sutton, NC. Clayton served in the 3013th Quartermaster Bakery Company.

Clayton was sent to England in October, 1943. In mid-June, 1944 he landed on Utah Beach in Normandy, France. While serving with the 3013th QM Bakery Co., they were with the 1st Army. Clayton held a number of jobs including company clerk and even instructed in the use of the .50 cal machine gun. Also he was the moral support for his company. During the war, he wrote letters to the families of the soldiers who were killed in action in his company.

Clayton’s unit was attached to the 9th Army, near Liège, Belgium, during the Battle of the Bulge. He was also in Kohlscheid, Germany where he witnessed groups of displaced people, left behind by the retreating Germans. Later in the war he was assigned to the Service Battery, 268th Field Artillery Bn. which carried 8 inch guns. Also he worked as a typist clerk for the Battalion.

Clayton was in several campaigns Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, and Central Europe before being honorably discharged on December 22, 1945.