Clarence Camille DesCampsRETSIL - Clarence Camille DesCamps died of natural causes on Dec. 22, 2003, at his residence, Washington Veterans Home in Retsil.

He passed away nine days short of his 82nd birthday. He was born in Washougal to Cora May and Camille Pierre DesCamps on Dec. 31, 1921.

Mr. DesCamps joined the U.S. Marine Corps at the age of 17 and was a member of the Wake detachment of the 1st Defense Battalion, U.S. Marine Corps. He received a citation from President Franklin Delano Roosevelt recognizing the detachment that so "valiantly defended that island from Dec. 8 to Dec. 22, 1941, against an overwhelming superiority of enemy air, sea and land attacks." He spent the remainder of War World II as a Japanese prisoner of war.

He was past commander of American Legion Post 31, Shelton.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 27 years, the former Joan Rose Hickenbottom. He is survived by a daughter, Julie Ann Bacher, of Port Ludlow, and a son, Kenneth DesCamps, of Fairview, Ore.

A military funeral service will be held on Jan. 12, 2004, at 11 a.m., at Washington Veterans Home Cemetery, Olney Road, Retsil (Port Orchard). For directions to Cemetery, please call 895-4700.

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