Kenneth Eugene Clodfelter was born on Dec. 26, 1978, at Fitzsimmons Army Medical Center in Aurora, Colorado, to John and Gloria Clodfelter.
He attended Lee-Davis High School in Mechanicsville, Virginia, and enlisted in the U.S. Navy on June 25, 1997.
Clodfelter attended Basic Training and Hull Maintenance Technician “A” and “C” schools in Great Lakes, Illinois. He reported to USS Cole (DDG 67) on March 27, 1998.
Clodfelter was killed in the line of duty when a terrorist bomb was detonated along the port side of the ship while it was refueling in Aden, Yemen, on Oct. 12, 2000.
Petty Officer Clodfelter was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon, Navy Unit Commendation, and the rank of Hull Maintenance Technician 2nd Class. He held the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.
Sources: USS Cole (DDG 67) Med Cruise 2000 (Aug. 8–Nov. 3, 2000) Cruise Book in the collection of the Naval History and Heritage Command’s Navy Department Library. Awards and citations are sourced from the service member’s official military personnel file and listed in the Navy Department Awards Web Service site and may not be complete.