Lee VAN CLEEF

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AmericanBorn Clarence LeRoy VAN CLEEF

American film actor

Born on January 09, 1925 in Somerville, New Jersey, USA , United States

Died on December 16, 1989 in Oxnard, California, USA

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Clarence Leroy "Lee" Van Cleef, Jr. was born on January 9, 1925 in Somerville, New Jersey, the son of Marion Levinia (née Van Fleet) and Clarence LeRoy Van Cleef Sr. Both of his parents were of Dutch ancestry. The rumor that Van Cleef's mother was also of Indonesian ancestry has been proven false.



At the age of 17, Van Cleef obtained his high school diploma early in his senior year in order to enlist in the United States Navy in September, 1942. After basic training and further training at the Naval Fleet Sound School, he was assigned to a subchaser and then to a minesweeper, the USS Incredible, patrolling the Caribbean Sea where he worked as sonarman. Van Cleef's ship also did cruise orders in the Crimean Sea and participated in the invasion of Southern France. Van Cleef was awarded commendations in the form of: The American Theater and African-Mediterranean-European Ribbons plus one Bronze Star. Upon discharge from active duty in March, 1946, Van Cleef had also earned Sonar-man First Class, The Mine Sweeping Insignia, The Asiatic Pacific Medal, The Good Conduct Medal, The Eyes of Gabriel Plaque and The WWII Victory Medal.

...   Clarence Leroy "Lee" Van Cleef, Jr. was born on January 9, 1925 in Somerville, New Jersey, the son of Marion Levinia (née Van Fleet) and Clarence LeRoy Van Cleef Sr. Both of his parents were of Dutch ancestry. The rumor that Van Cleef's mother was also of Indonesian ancestry has been proven false.



At the age of 17, Van Cleef obtained his high school diploma early in his senior year in order to enlist in the United States Navy in September, 1942. After basic training and further training at the Naval Fleet Sound School, he was assigned to a subchaser and then to a minesweeper, the USS Incredible, patrolling the Caribbean Sea where he worked as sonarman. Van Cleef's ship also did cruise orders in the Crimean Sea and participated in the invasion of Southern France. Van Cleef was awarded commendations in the form of: The American Theater and African-Mediterranean-European Ribbons plus one Bronze Star. Upon discharge from active duty in March, 1946, Van Cleef had also earned Sonar-man First Class, The Mine Sweeping Insignia, The Asiatic Pacific Medal, The Good Conduct Medal, The Eyes of Gabriel Plaque and The WWII Victory Medal.



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