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Mounted Guard Clarence Meek Childress | United States Department of Labor - Immigration Service - United States Border Patrol, U.S. Government United States Department of Labor - Immigration Service - United States Border Patrol, U.S. Government

Mounted Guard

Clarence Meek Childress

United States Department of Labor - Immigration Service - United States Border Patrol, U.S. Government

End of Watch: Wednesday, April 16, 1919

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 42

Tour: 1 year

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Location: Texas

Incident Date: 4/13/1919

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Escaped

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Mounted Guard Clarence Childress was shot and killed as he and his partner attempted to apprehend seven smugglers trying to cross into the United States from Mexico near El Paso, Texas.

As the men crossed through a barbed wire fence, the officers approached them but were met by gunfire. Both returned fire but the men fled back into Mexico. Guard Childress stated he had been struck and was going to telephone for help. He was taken to a hospital where he succumbed to his injuries three days later.

Mounted Guard Childress had served with the United States Border Patrol for one year. He was buried in the Clear Creek Cemetery in Bangs, Brown County, Texas.

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It's been a very long time since your murder, but you have the distinction of being the first member of what would become the U.S. Border Patrol, to die in the line of duty. Far too many have followed you but your courage is no doubt an inspiration of what it means to be a hero.

God Bless you, Brother and may you forever continue to Rest in Peace.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.
March 12, 2016

 

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