Robert “Buck” Clay started life with a little more difficultly than many others – his birth certificate has “Unknown” for his father. Despite a difficult childhood, Buck saw the military as an opportunity to change his life and contribute to the greater good. This ultimately led to serving 11 years Active in a variety of roles, multitude assignments throughout four duty stations, as well as four separate deployments.
Buck’s time in the military was exceptional, and among his numerous awards were the Bronze Star Medal, Army Commendation Medal with V Device, Army Commendation Medal with Silver Oak Leaf, Army Achievement Medal with four Bronze Oak Leafs, Meritorious Unit Commendation with Bronze Oak Leaf, Navy Unit Commendation Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal with third Bronze Knot, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal with Silver Campaign Star, Kosovo Campaign Medal with Bronze Service Star, Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Development Medal with Numeric 2, NATO Medal, Overseas Service Medal with Numeric 6, Parachutist Badge, Combat Action Badge, and Driver Badge Wheel and Track.
Unfortunately, Buck’s service came with a cost…