A father of the fatherless,
a defender of widows,
is God in His holy habitation.
CLIFFORD EUGENE AUDINET
My father in a photo taken at the Coastal Artillery School at Camp Callan, San Diego.
I received this from the man who was with my dad when he was killed, Mr. William Stofer.
Mr. Stofer was also responsible for a paver with dad's name placed in the WWII Memorial at
Littleton, CO on Veterans Day, 2000.
My Dad - The Beginning
My dad, Clifford Eugene Audinet was born December 19, 1918 in Kelso, Washington. His father, Joseph Albert Audinet had come from Chatellerault, France at the turn of the century, settling in Flint, Michigan where he met his wife Elizabeth Millar. Their first 3 children were born in Flint. After 8 years in the Midwest the Audinet's moved to Kelso, a distance of 50 miles from Portland, Oregon on the confluence of the Cowlitz and Columbia rivers. There dad, the youngest of 4 brothers, was born.
My grandfather, Joseph Albert Audinet and me in January 1944.
Dad was at the Rapido River. Note the two stars in the window.
One for my dad and one for my uncle Laurence. Laurence returned
from France but I do not have information on his story yet.
There is no early history available concerning my father. Two of his three brothers, Chet and George died young and I did not know the third, Lawrence. In any case, the family kept quiet on the subject and I was in Southern California, remote from both families when my father was killed.
Clifford attended Kelso High School, graduating with the Class of '37. He was stage manager with the drama club and wrote some poetry. One of his poems was published in the Yearbook. In his senior year and after high school, Clifford apparently spent most of his spare time skiing and courting my mother Geraldine (Jerry) Reardon.
It didn't take much to get her attention as long as it was skiing. In the summer of 1940 he married Miss Reardon (she passed away January 1, 1990).
In 1941, dad was an employee of the Reynolds Metals Company in Kelso, working as an electrician. He was earning $46 a week and he and mom had nearly finished a new house.
I was born in February of 1942. Just before my 1st birthday two events occurred which changed our lives forever. He and mom separated and, he entered military service and was ordered to report to Fort Lewis, WA in January of 1943.