Saturday, June 1, 2013

Black Navy Veteran to Get Medal for World War II Actions

From the December 25, 2011, Vos Iz Neias.

Carl Clark will receive a Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal January 17, 2012. 

He was an E-6 Steward First Class on the destroyer minelayer USS Aaron Ward (DM-34) when it was attacked by kamikazes near Okinawa in May 1945.  He said, "They would guide those planes directly into ships...flying bombs."

Six kamikazes attacked the Ward.  The blast from one explosion was so strong, it blew Clark "all the way across the ship."  He suffered a broken collarbone from that, but even so, dragged several men to safety and put out a fire in an ammunition locker which would have destroyed the ship.

He never received any honors for what he calls "bigotry."

Congratulations Mr. Clark.  It's About Time!  --GreGen

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