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World War II vet honored for heroism after 66 years

Original post made on Jan 18, 2012

Carl Clark of Menlo Park told the hundreds of well-wishers at the Jan. 17 ceremony recognizing his World War II heroism that he was accepting the honor on behalf of all the military men who fought bravely for their country but, because they were black like him, "got very little recognition for what they did." ==I Almanac photo by Michelle Le.==

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, January 17, 2012, 4:55 PM

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Posted by Gene
a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Jan 18, 2012 at 8:48 am

Here's to the many unsung African, Asian American and many other heroes of WWII like Chief Clark who service and acts of heroism were largely ignored. And if you don't believe this, go out and see "Red Tails" this weekend.

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Posted by thank you
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Jan 18, 2012 at 10:16 am

Thank you for your service, Mr. Clark.

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Posted by No name gien
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jan 18, 2012 at 12:04 pm

Why did it take over 60 years for Secretary Mabus and Rep. Eshoo to finally give recognition? I think it is very sad.

Dear God bless this nation and the leaders before Obama's time.
Please make the people stop in DC. It should have taken place long
before Obama went into office. Dear God, help this country before
it turns into a "middle east" war. This is suppose to be America,
and not the "middle east". Lord, open blinded eyes when "Red Tails" is shown this weekend.

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Posted by Danna
a resident of Portola Valley: other
on Jan 19, 2012 at 8:43 am

Thank you for this story. Thank you Mr. Clark. When I flew to the Obama inauguration members of the Tuskeegee airmen were on my flight. It was thrilling and such an honor to meet them.

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Posted by Hank Lawrence
a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Jan 19, 2012 at 3:09 pm

There's a good film clip on Carl Clark on the CBS News web site. It starts at 18:48 and runs to 21:08.

To access the link click here

Web Link

Carl Clark is a great American Hero.

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Posted by Thelma
a resident of Menlo-Atherton High School
on Jul 28, 2012 at 7:37 pm

I am a past residence of Redwood City- Redwood Shores and Mr Clark I truly commend you for your bravery and you did not see color just the love you have for your fellowmen. My brother who was in the Marines was somewhat like you before he was killed in the Vietnam war. I wish I had got a chance to know you but Thanks For All You Did. My mother in law maiden name is clark. Her dad originated from I think Kansas and they also help settle nicodemus Kansas are you perhaps a relative? My mother in law's aunt was Berniece Clark and she was a member of the same church as you. my e mail is

May God Forever Bless You

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Posted by Larry A. Moore
a resident of Menlo Park: Belle Haven
on Mar 24, 2017 at 10:26 am

I knew Mr. Carl Clark personally & attended a lot of his Birthday
celebrations.Mr. Clark a friend by the name of Darryl Clewis & myself
would meet at Mr. Clark's house & play dominoes...A great man RIP*

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