Clarence L. Riney
Clarence L. Riney Now Reported Dead
SLATON, Aug.12 -- Mr. and Mrs. Jesse J. Riney of Route 1, Slaton, received word Friday from James Forrestal, secretary of the Navy, that their son, Clarence L. Riney, Machinist Mate 3-c, has been officially reported dead by the Navy department. He had been previously reported missing in action since the bombing and sinking of his ship, the USS Maddox, July 10, 1943. The ship was screening a transport area off the southern coast of Sicily. Riney was a graduate of Wilson High school and attended McMurry college in Abilene one-half term. He was employed by the Santa Fe railroad when he entered the service May 14, 1942. He would have been 21 years old Oct. 18, 1944. A brother Pvt. James R. Riney, 24, is an Army machine gunner in the infantry on Saipan Island.