Clarence W. Root was born in July, 1906 to John and Bertha Root who lived in Spring City, Pennsylvania. Clarence was one of six children.
Clarence completed the eighth grade and afterwards worked as an unskilled general woodworker.
Clarence enlisted in the Army on June 8, 1942. He received basic training at Fort Meade, Maryland, and was sent to the Ordnance Corps for training at Aberdeen. He was then transferred to Salt Lake City, Utah where he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant.
Clarence was transferred to Geiger Field, Washington for additional training, then to Murock Field, California, were he was promoted to the rank of Staff Sergeant.
Clarence was assigned to the 366th Bomb Squadron, 305th Bomb Group, which was training to fly B-17 Flying Fortress bombers. He was sent to Fort Dix, New Jersey, in preparation for deployment overseas, and was granted a furlough home.