- Giving What It Takes
- Clebe.s life and motivational message challenges his audience to succeed in a superior manner, no matter what obstacles are faced.
- McClary saw a grenade hurtling towards him in time to throw up his right hand to protect his face. His left eye was torn out, both ear drums burst and his right hand was mutilated. Another grenade shredded his legs and knocked him to the ground. Death h
Lt. Clebe McClary, An American Hero: “Clebe is a genuine American hero with a convincing message that will inspire, encourage, entertain and offer genuine hope.”
Clebe McClary is living proof that any obstacle can be overcome with faith, courage and perseverance.
While on mission in Vietnam, Lt. McClary was critically wounded by an enemy attack. As a result of his bravery under fire and the concern he demonstrated for his men, Clebe was presented the Silver Star and the Bronze Star by the President of the United States.
Clebe.s life and motivational message challenges his audience to succeed in a superior manner, no matter what obstacles are faced.
“Clebe represents all that is good in America. His tremendous courage is an inspiration to all who have heard his story. I am privileged to know him and call him my friend.”
Just after midnight on March 3, 1968, Lt. Clebe McClary’s life changed forever. On Hill 146, deep in hostile territory, Clebe and his men were caught in enemy fire. In the initial attack, he lost his left arm, yet continued to fight, worrying more about the safety of his men than his own injuries. McClary saw a grenade hurtling towards him in time to throw up his right hand to protect his face. His left eye was torn out, both ear drums burst and his right hand was mutilated. Another grenade shredded his legs and knocked him to the ground. Death hovered over his broken body.
His remaining men held on and forced the enemy troops to pull back. With only moments to spare before the enemy’s final deadly assault, a chopper arrived and carried Clebe and the others to safety.
Clebe McClary’s fight with the pain and disabilities that followed is truly amazing.
He spent two and a half years in the hospital, undergoing 34 major surgeries and enduring countless grueling hours of physical therapy.
Since that time, McClary has used his story of courage, faith and determination to touch the lives of people all over the world.
Told he would never walk again, he has run marathons and set treadmill test records that members of the Dallas Cowboys have been unable to beat!
Clebe McClary believes that whatever the obstacles, any thing can be accomplished with faith, courage and perseverance.
He is truly an American Hero.
Awards & Accolades
The Silver Star
The Bronze Star
Three Purple Hearts
Personalities of the South
The Audie Murphy Award
The J. Frank Grimes Award
The American Legion Award
The Texas Man of Valor Award
The Young Man of the Year Award
The Eisenhower People to People Award
The George Washington Medal of Freedom
The Outstanding Young Man of America Award
The Gen. Omar Bradley Spirit of Independence Award, in honor of all Vietnam veterans
The Order of the Palmetto, the highest honor a civilian can receive from the State of South Carolina, bestowed by Governor David Beasley