A Soldier's Story: Colonel Clarence Austin Orndorff

Born on May 17, 1894, in Spokane, Washington, Colonel Clarence Austin Orndorff, a graduate of Gonzaga University, served with the U.S. Marine through World War I. Afterward, he joined the Washington State National Guard.

Maintaining a civilian life as a lawyer, Colonel Orndorff also maintained a National Guard career until 1945, including a deployment to Guadalcanal during World War II, where he was injured.

Colonel Orndorff also served as the Commanding officer of the 95th Regiment JRTC.

Dying on January 11, 1971. He rests in Holy Cross Cemetery in Spokane, Washington.


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