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Colonel Clinton E. Granger, Jr.

June 18, 2021

Obituary

Colonel Clinton Edwin Granger Jr. Falcon 6 November 12, 1928 - June 18, 2021  Military Service 1945-1976. 2 Silver Star, 10 Army Air Medal, 4 Legion Merit, 2 Bronze Star, 2 Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal. Son of Elizabeth Ann Harris and Clinton Edwin Granger Sr. Clinton passed away June 18, 2021 in the loving arms of his wife Lynn in their home in Tampa Florida. Clinton had visions of service to our great country since he was a young teen growing up during WWII in Champaign Illinois. Clint learned to fly at the age of sixteen. As a teenager in the 1940’s he was in the Civil Air Patrol, ROTC and National Guard. He graduated from West Point 1951. He commanded troops from infantry units to platoon through brigade in combat in Korea and Vietnam. Clint miraculously survived a failed parachute crash into the ground from 1,200 feet. Clint persisted in getting back to serving his country. Clint’s dedicated military career spanned thirty-years, always a soldier and gentleman at heart, always volunteering to go back into action with his men. Clint took great responsibility for the life and welfare of his soldiers, and felt their losses deeply. Returning from two years in Vietnam he earned a masters degree in international affairs from George Washington University in 1969 and was named distinguished honor graduate from the Naval War College. In the early 1970’s he served as Deputy Director, International Affairs in the Department of the Army at the Pentagon. He was also Director of the Planning Staff for the National Security Council and Deputy to Kissinger and Scowcroft . Later, Deputy Assistant to the Presidents Nixon and Ford in the White House from 1974-1976. In parallel, Clint was a proud father of five wonderful children, Stephanie, Meri, Carol Ann, Jennifer and Clinton Edwin III who were born and raised by Liz their mother in the trials of an Army family over many decades. Clint’s expanding family of grandchildren and great grandchildren live from Canada to Texas. In his military career and through retirement Clint wrote for various military magazines publishing 40 articles across the world. He then found teaching at Southern New Hampshire University rewarding and began writing books, 21 in all. He published 11 books and completed 10 more in his 80’s and 90’s. In 2013 he married his soul mate, Lynn Duffy who he adored and his family expanded again including daughter Angel and Marc and their spouses and children. Family took them on road trips to Vermont and Maine to spend time with grandkids then down to Florida to live. At age 90 he took grandson Quinn and daughter Angel up in a helicopter. He enjoyed taking walks, going to classical concerts, the zoo and museums with grandchildren and telling stories of his life. He discussed computers and the latest technology with Quinn. Lynn and Clint enjoyed watching mysteries and listening to great music. They spent much time writing together, reflecting on relationships, and developing their relationship with God. They took care of each other and loved each other deeply.
They held hands always and gazed into one another's eyes. Clint, a courageous committed soldier and gentleman finally took his rest into peace. Clint, Falcon 6 , will take his ultimate military flight back to his beginning at West Point for his funeral and burial August 19, 2021.

 

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