Rank and organization: Technical Sergeant, U.S. Army, Company K, 109th
Infantry, 28th Infantry Division.
Place and date: Near Kalborn, Luxembourg,
12 September 1944; near Sevenig, Germany, 17 September 1944.
Entered service at:
Birth: Whitehall, N.Y.
G.O. No.: 77, 10 September 1945.
Citation: He fought gallantly in Luxembourg and Germany. On 12 September
1944, Company K began fording the Our River near Kalborn, Luxembourg, to
take high ground on the opposite bank. Covered by early morning fog, the
3d Platoon, in which T/Sgt. Clark was squad leader, successfully negotiated
the crossing; but when the 2d Platoon reached the shore, withering automatic
and small-arms fire ripped into it, eliminating the platoon leader and
platoon sergeant and pinning down the troops in the open. From his comparatively
safe position, T/Sgt. Clark crawled alone across a field through a hail
of bullets to the stricken troops. He led the platoon to safety and then
unhesitatingly 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 and men of the 2d Platoon in dangerous sorties
against strong enemy positions to weaken them by lightning-like jabs. He
assaulted an enemy machinegun with hand grenades, killing 2 Germans. He
roamed the front and flanks, dashing toward hostile weapons, killing and
wounding an undetermined number of the enemy, scattering German patrols
and, eventually, forcing the withdrawal of a full company of Germans heavily
armed with automatic weapons. On 17 September, near Sevenig, Germany, he
advanced alone against an enemy machinegun, killed the gunner and forced
the assistant to flee. The Germans counterattacked, and heavy casualties
were suffered by Company K. Seeing that 2 platoons lacked leadership, T/Sgt.
Clark took over their command and moved among the men to give encouragement.
Although wounded on the morning of 18 September, he refused to be evacuated
and took up a position in a pillbox when night came. Emerging at daybreak,
he killed a German soldier setting up a machinegun not more than 5 yards
away. When he located another enemy gun, he moved up unobserved and killed
2 Germans with rifle fire. Later that day he voluntarily braved small-arms
fire to take food and water to members of an isolated platoon. T/Sgt. Clark's
actions in assuming command when leadership was desperately needed, in
launching attacks and beating off counterattacks, in aiding his stranded
comrades, and in fearlessly facing powerful enemy fire, were strikingly
heroic examples and put fighting heart into the hard-pressed men of Company
This data was extracted from the Committee on Veterans' Affairs, U.S. Senate, Medal of Honor Recipients: 1863-1973 (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1973)