Navy War Hero Recognized After 66 years

Tuskegee Airman Leslie Williams and Ms Paris Edgerton, join 95-year-old Navy Veteran Carl E. Clark at celebration.

Over 500 hundred civilians and members of the military attended the Moffett Federal Airfield celebration Jan. 17 for 95-year-old Navy Veteran Carl E. Clark for his bravery during the battle of Okinawa.
After 66 years, Clark, a Petty Officer First Class, finally received recognition by Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus for his heroic achievement in World War II.
On May 3, 1945, Clark was aboard the U.S.S. Aaron Ward when the destroyer took direct hits from six Japanese kamikaze planes and two separate bombs. Clark, an E-6 Steward First Class, used a fire hose to control a smoldering ammunitions locker, preventing a fatal explosion, and then–despite a broken collar bone–he carried wounded soldiers to the aid station, all while still coming under fire.
Sheila Dunec, former Foothill College instructor, worked 12 years for him to receive the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with the Combat Distinguishing Device.
Congresswoman Anna Eshoo supported efforts for Clark’s recognition. Tuskegee Airman Leslie Williams was one that in attendance to honor Mr. Clark’s bravery.
After the Moffett Ceremony, a reception was held with family and friends at Saint Francis of Assisi Church on Bay Road in East Palo Alto.
His book “Pieces from My Mind” details his military experiences.

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