PONTOTOC, MS, USA U.S. Marines CPL, K CO, 3D BN, 10TH MAR, 2D MAR DIV, CAMP LEJEUNE, NC TREBIL, IRAQ 07/14/2005
Clifton Blake Mounce was happiest fishing, hunting or riding dirt bikes. He also loved to laugh. We had our best times sitting on the couch and watching ‘Will and Grace.’ He loved that show, recalled Tiffany Owen, his wife of three years.
Mounce, 22, who went by the name Blake, of Pontotoc, MS., died July 14 when his vehicle was struck by an explosive near Trebil. He was based at Camp Lejeune.
Pat Mounce said her son had worked at a furniture factory and a Wal-Mart distribution center, but after the 2001 terrorist attacks, he decided he wanted to do something good with his life and joined the Marines. He loved the guys he was out there with. When he called home and asked for prayer, he didn’t just ask for it for himself, but for everyone serving, she said.
When Rhonda Owen, his mother-in-law, asked him if he was sure he wanted to sign up, she got a glimpse of his thinking. He has two younger brothers and I think maybe he was thinking about if he could help end the war, maybe they wouldn’t have to go. He put everybody before him, said Owen.
He was the best and he always has been, said Tiffany.