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Recognition for World War II heroism may be near for Carl Clark

Original post made on Dec 23, 2010

Carl Clark is a survivor, many times over. On Dec. 7, 1941, he was awakened by the sounds of war, and barely escaped serious injury or death as the Japanese strafed his quarters at Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, on their way to Pearl Harbor, just minutes away.

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Posted by Fred Loveland
a resident of another community
on Dec 23, 2010 at 9:34 pm

I think that it is a tragedy that this has gone this long without Mr.Clark being recognized for his heroism. When a man goe's above and beyond the call of duty and doe's what Mr Clark did, he should be awarded the Congresional Medal of Honor. Race has nothing to do with Heroism in a time of War. I hope that Congresswoman Eshoo can get this done for Mr. Clark.

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Posted by Hank Lawrence
a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Dec 24, 2010 at 4:10 pm

I used to work for the Navy and did a tour at Explosive Safety at NAVSEACENPAC in San Diego. I read the report on the explosion at the Port Chicago ammunition dump during WWII. Racism was pandemic in the Navy at that time. African Americans were given the most dangerous jobs under the most difficult working conditions and received virtually no recognition for their heroism and sacrifice.

Mr. Clark's valor should be publicly commended. He repeatedly put his own life at risk while suffering from serious injuries to save the lives of his fellow crew members and to save the vessel. There is no question that Mr. Clark deserves the Congressional Medal of Honor. All that remains is whether our Government has the courage to right this wrong.

I applaud Congresswoman Eshoo's efforts to right to give Mr. Clark his well earned recognition. The Menlo Park City Council can do the same at the Tuesday May 3, 2011 City Council meeting. Mr. Clark should be given a Key to the City. He is definitely one of the most heroic people of "The Greatest Generation". We should all honor his service to our country. It is people like him that keep our country free.

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Posted by Byron Stout - Kansas
a resident of Menlo Park: Belle Haven
on Dec 25, 2011 at 4:02 pm

Congratulations Seaman Clark ---- best wishes from one vet (vietnam) to another! You represent the best of America!!!!

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