Clyde F. Damone


NORWAY – On a clear spring morning, April 21, Clyde Frederick Damone, 74, of Mexico, beloved father and retired U.S. Marine Corps MSGT, passed away at Stephens Memorial Hospital, with his two daughters at his side.

He was born in Bath, on Oct. 29, 1931, a son of Clyde and Della (Brown) Damone. He had a great gusto for life and was a proud Korean and Vietnam war veteran, who served his country well. He will be remembered as a brave and strong man.

After attending schools in Freeport and working in construction, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and served his country for 30 years, with 22 in active service. His many medals and decorations included National Defense Service Medal, Presidential Unit Citation, Combat Action Ribbon, United Nations Service Medal, Korean Service Medal, Korean Presidential Unit Citation, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry, AF Expeditionary Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Vietnam Service Medal and two Purple Hearts. He was a member of VFW Post 1641 and an honorable member of the “Chosin Few,” having served at the Korean Battle of Chosin Reservoir. The battle was fought in minus 30-degree weather beginning Nov. 27, 1950, until Dec. 24, 1950.

After his retirement from active service in 1971, he returned to Maine and worked in construction, including Maine Drywall, where he maintained a life-long friendship with his good friend, until ill health forced his retirement. He had a great love for the outdoors. While living in his camp in Freeport, he enjoyed gardening and whittling more or less to give his treasures away to family and friends. In 1995, he relocated to Mexico, where he enjoyed gold panning on the Swift River. His fishing and hunting trips throughout his life provided many hours of enjoyment and passing tales with family and friends.

“I saw a silly dandelion, peeking up at me, from beneath the ice and snow, it thought I did not see. Foolish though it was of it, to leave its cozy bed, it did delight me very much, to see its golden head.”by Clyde Damone.

He is survived by two daughters, Kathy Laughton of Hanover and Deborah Nelson of Madison, Ala.; two stepsons, Robert Purinton of Auburn and Gary Purinton of Greene; two brothers, Charles Damone and Arthur Damone of Freeport; three sisters, Dorothy Goth of South Boston, Va., Althea Sutter of East Baldwin and Irene Chasse of Old Orchard; 12 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by two brothers, John and Georges Damone; and one sister, Yvonne Low.