Army Staff Sgt. Lillian Clamens — January 2013 Shipment Honoree
Died October 10, 2007 Serving During Operation Iraqi Freedom
Soldier from Florida unit killed in insurgent attack in IraqThe Associated Press
OMAHA, Neb. — A soldier from a unit in Florida was killed in Iraq, just says before she was due to come home, her family and the military said Oct. 12.
Army Staff Sgt. Lillian Clamens was one of two people who died Oct. 10, according to the Department of Defense.
Insurgents fired rockets on Camp Victory in Baghdad from a nearby abandoned school, killing Clamens and Army Spc. Samuel F. Pearson, 28, Westerville, Ohio.
Clamens was assigned to the 1st Postal Platoon, 834th Adjutant General Company, Miami.
Family members in Omaha, Neb., say Lillian Clamens was due to return to Homestead, Fla., next week.
“She was the type of person that was honest,” her niece Sierra Cobbin, of Omaha, told KETV. “She never had a bad bone in her body. She did everything for her family. She was confident, strong and just a very down-to-earth person.”
Clamens, who served in the Army Reserve for 17 years, was a full-time postal worker, and served as an administrative clerk for the unit. She was married with three children.
“She died doing what she wanted to do,” said her sister Dana Cobbin, of Omaha. “I don’t have a sister no more. I miss my baby. I’m going to miss her. I just wanted to see her one last time. She was supposed to come home.”
Military Times (no longer available)
MIAMI, Fla. –A local Army Reserve Soldier from Miami was killed in action while serving in Iraq. Staff Sergeant Lillian Clamens, 35, was with assigned 1st Postal Platoon, 834th Adjutant General Company in Miami, Fla.
CLAMENS, LILLIAN L., 35, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army Reserve, Military Personnel Clerk for United States Southern Command, wife and mother of three, died in a mortar attack on Camp Victory in Baghdad, Iraq, on Wednesday, October 10, 2007. She was assigned to the 1st Postal Platoon, 834th Adjutant General Company in Miami.
Lillian was born May 9, 1972, in the city of Omaha, Nebraska, to Dorothy Cobbin and Solom Bogard. She graduated from Central High School in 1990. Lillian served in the U.S. Army (Adjutant General Corps) as an Administrative Specialist from 1990 until 2007. She was stationed in Korea; Ft. Leonard Wood, MO; Vilseck, Germany; Ft. Sill, OK; and participated in Operation Iraqi Freedom. She attained the rank of Staff Sergeant (SSG). On August 14, 1997, she was united in marriage to Raymond J. Clamens in Omaha, NE.
Lillian was affectionately known as “Lilly” and with her endearing personality, radiant smile and caring demeanor warmed the hearts of everyone that came in contact with her. At home she was a devoted wife, fantastic mother, and the center of the family. She loved taking care of soldiers and their families and touched so many people no matter where she was in the world.
Lillian is survived by her husband Raymond, her daughters Lana 8, Victoria 7,and her son Ayinde 14; her sister Dana; her mother Dorothy; and her mother-in-law Gemma. She is further survived by aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends. Funeral services for Lillian L. Clamens will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, October 19, at St. Brendan’s Church, 8725 SW 32nd St. Miami, FL 33165. The Burial will be in Our Lady of Mercy Cemetery, 11411 NW 25th St. Doral, FL 33172.
Relatives and friends are welcome for visitation at the Van Orsdel Funeral Home, 9300 SW 40th St. (Bird Rd.) Miami, FL 33165 on Thursday October 18, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. We would like to thank all of the staff of the FIU Army ROTC, USSOUTHCOM, and the 834th AG Postal Company for their help and support. VAN ORSDEL – BIRD RD CHAPEL 9300 SW 40 St. (305)553-0064 Family Owned Since 1924 to visit this Guest Book Online, go to www.MiamiHerald.com/obituaries..Published in The Miami Herald on October 17, 2007