Fading light dims the sight,
And a star gems the sky,
From afar drawing nigh,
Falls the night.
Day is done, gone the sun,
From the lake, From the hills,
From the sky.
All is well, safely rest,
God is nigh.
Then good night, Peaceful night,
Till the light of the dawn
God is near, do not fear,
Friend, good night.
April 22, 1912 at Whitehall, NY
Service in the US Army from Salem, NY
20, 1981 at the age of 69
Earned The Medal of Honor During World War II For heroism
September 12 & 17, 1944 at Kalborn, Luxembourg,
early morning fog Technical Sergeant Clark's platoon negotiated
a crossing when another platoon reached the shore to face
withering automatic and small-arms fire, eliminating the platoon
leader and platoon sergeant and pinning down the troops in the
open. Technical Sergeant Clark crawled alone across a field
through a hail of bullets and led the platoon to safety. He then
returned into the fire-swept area to rescue a wounded soldier,
carrying him to the American line while hostile gunners tried to
cut him down. Later, he led his squad in dangerous sorties
against strong enemy positions to weaken them. He assaulted an
enemy machinegun with hand grenades, killing two Germans. He
roamed the front and flanks, dashing toward hostile weapons,
killing and wounding an undetermined number of the enemy and,
eventually, forcing the withdrawal of a full company of Germans.
Five days later near Sevenig, he advanced alone against an enemy
machinegun, killed the gunner and forced the assistant to flee.
The Germans counterattacked, and heavy casualties were suffered.
Although wounded on September 18, he refused to be evacuated.
Later that day he voluntarily braved small-arms fire to take
food and water to members of an isolated platoon.