Joseph Maxwell Cleland is an American politician from the state of Georgia know all about him in this article as like his Family, Net Worth, Parents, Wife, Children and Biography.
|Birthdate ( Age)||24 August 1942 (age 79 years)|
|Place of Birth||Atlanta, Georgia, United States|
|Marital Status||Not Married|
|Parents||Juanita ( Mother )|
|Education||Emory University (1968), Stetson University (1964), Lithonia High School (1960)|
|Profession||Former Georgia Secretary of State|
|Net Worth||$1 Million – $2 Million|
Joseph Maxwell Cleland was an American politician from the state of Georgia. Cleland, a Democrat, was a disabled US Army veteran of the Vietnam War, a recipient of the Silver Star and the Bronze Star for valorous actions in combat, and a former United States Senator.
After his defeat in 2002, no Georgia Democrats were elected to a full term in the United States Senate for 18 years until Jon Ossoff, who won Cleland’s former seat in a 2021 runoff against incumbent Republican David Perdue.
Max Cleland Family and Parents
Cleland was born on August 24, 1942, in Atlanta, the son of Juanita Wilda (Kesler) and Joseph Hughie Cleland.He grew up in Lithonia, Georgia, and graduated from Stetson University in the class of 1964, where he was a member of the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity. Cleland was named outstanding senior in high school.He went on to receive a master’s degree from Emory University (Georgia).
Max Cleland Wife
Max Cleland was possible not married there is no any information is availavle on social media about his marital and relationship status.He had not any children.
Max Cleland Net Worth
Joseph Maxwell Cleland was an American politician from the state of Georgia and US Army veteran of the Vietnam War has an estimated Net Worth around $1 Million – $2 Million.
Cleland then served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War, attaining the rank of captain. He was awarded the Silver Star and the Bronze Star for valorous action in combat, including during the Battle of Khe Sanh on April 4, 1968.
Injury at Khe Sanh
On April 8, 1968, Captain Cleland was the Battalion Signal Officer for the 2nd Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division during the Battle of Khe Sanh.On April 8, with a month left in his tour, Cleland was ordered to set up a radio relay station on a nearby hill. A helicopter flew him and two soldiers to the treeless top of Hill 471, east of Khe Sanh. Cleland knew some of the soldiers camped there from Operation Pegasus. He told the pilot he was going to stay a while with friends.
When the helicopter landed, Cleland jumped out, followed by the two soldiers. They ducked because of the rotor wash and turned to watch the liftoff. Cleland reached down to pick up a grenade that he believed had fallen off of his flak jacket. It exploded and the blast slammed him backward, shredding both his legs and one arm.
David Lloyd, a Marine in a nearby mortar bunker, rushed to the scene, took off his web belt and tied it around one of Cleland’s legs to control bleeding. When the medics arrived, Lloyd left to help another wounded soldier, one of the two who had gotten off the helicopter with Cleland.
Lloyd says that the unnamed soldier was crying. “It was mine,” he said, “it was my grenade.” According to Lloyd, the private had failed to take the extra precaution that experienced soldiers did when they grabbed M-26 grenades from the ammo box: bend the pins, or tape them in place, so they couldn’t accidentally dislodge. This soldier had a flak jacket full of grenades with treacherously straight pins, Lloyd says. “He was a walking death trap.Due to the severity of his wounds, doctors amputated both of Cleland’s legs above the knee, and his right forearm. He was 25 years old.
Following the retirement of Sam Nunn, Cleland ran for the U.S. Senate in 1996 and won by just 30,000 votes over Republican Guy Millner. A third-party candidate, Libertarian John Cashin, garnered over 80,000 votes.Cleland was viewed as a moderate in the Senate.In 2002 Cleland faced Saxby Chambliss for the Georgia Senate seat. Cleland enjoyed a comfortable lead in the polls early in the race but lost much ground in the weeks running up to it. In May 2002 Chambliss was trailing Cleland by 22 percentage points.
Chambliss issued a press release decrying Senator Cleland for “breaking his oath to protect and defend the Constitution,” because Cleland had voted for an amendment to the Chemical Weapons Treaty that would allow individuals from “terrorist nations” to be on United Nations weapons inspection teams in Iraq. The vote passed by a majority, 56-44. Fifty-five other senators also voted for the amendment, including Bill Frist, the head of the Republican Senate committee, who picked Chambliss to run against Cleland.
Cleland was originally appointed to serve on the 9/11 Commission but resigned shortly after, having been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Export-Import Bank of the United States. Before his resignation, he said that the Bush administration was “stonewalling” and blocking the committee’s access to key documents and witnesses.
On May 21, 2009, President Barack Obama nominated Cleland to serve as the next Secretary of the American Battle Monuments Commission.He was appointed Secretary on June 3,and served in the position until the end of Obama’s second term as president. Cleland’s successor, William M. Matz Jr., was appointed almost a year after he left the ABMC.