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Navy Sailor Recognized for WWII Heroism

The Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV), the honorable Ray Mabus, recently presented retired Chief Petty Officer Carl E. Clark, a U.S. Navy World War II veteran, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with combat distinguishing device for his heroic efforts during the war – 66 years later. On May 3, 1945, Clark extinguished many fires aboard the destroyer minelayer USS Aaron Ward (DM 34) and carried wounded shipmates to medical aid after the ship underwent an attack from six kamikaze pilots during the Battle of Okinawa. Clark talks about his service in the Navy, including harrowing details about serving aboard Aaron Ward during the Kamikaze planes attack on the ship, which caused the loss of more than 40 of his shipmate’s lives. This clip is an excerpt from the documentary, “Remembering World War II: First-Person Accounts” by Foothill College.


While talking with the now, 95-year-old  Clark prior to the awards ceremony to honor his actions, Mabus delivered a special message to the WWII veteran.



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  1. Nothing but respect for this man. He’s had to put up with a lot of shit!

  2. Proof positive that it’s never to late to show our appreciation for those that have served their country honorably with valor…

  3. great story!  an american hero who deserves recognition!  

  4. Great sailors of WWII

    Armstrong MCPO USN RET

  5. As an American, who dearly loves this country, I thank God for men like this. I am very glad they finally have recognition for their service. I’m ashamed that it took so long and that I have to admit this was treatment given to so many. May God forgive us and continue to bless this wonderful country…despite its faults.

  6. Now that is a true hero.  May we as a nation never go backwards!

  7. Job well done Chief.

  8. Bravo Zulu, Chief!

  9. Congratulations, Chief!

  10. Yes, long, long overdue

  11. Well done Brother!  

  12. Another one of the things that makes our country GREAT! Not perfect by any stretch of the imagination, but the best! Congrats Chief!

  13. Navy Chief-Navy Pride

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