Promoted To Sergeant --- William E, Clark,
Covington, has been promoted to Sergeant. The son of William
Clark, 28 Latonia Terrace, Covington, he enlisted September 9, 1940.
[The Cincinnati Enquirer, Cincinnati, OH,
Saturday, April 19,. 1942, Kentucky Edition, Page 2]
First Sgt. William
E. Clark, 22.So of Mr.. and Mrs. William Clark, 28 Latonia
Terrace, Covington, has been missing in action in France since June
11, his parents were notified yesterday. His wife lives in
Columbus, Ga. A paratrooper, Sergeant Clark enlisted in the
Army in 1940 and was stationed in Ireland before the invasion.
He was a member of the CCC before joining the Army.
[The Cincinnati Enquirer, Cincinnati, OH, Friday,
July 28,.1944, Page 6]
|Grave marker for
William E. and Betty E. Clark in Block I of Rose Hill Cemetery,
Columbia (Maury county), Tennessee.
enlisted in the Army at Ft Thomas, Newport, KY on 9 September 1940
and was a forerunner in joining the parachutist ranks.
On 20 October, already a Staff Sergeant, Bill was
transferred from the 507th PIR as a cadre member to kick start the
508th which was being activated that same day.
SSgt Clark was initially placed in Company B but
was transferred to Company A on 4 November 1942. By September
the following year he had been made the 1st Sergeant of Company A.
He retained that rank throughout his service career.
1st Sgt Clark participated in the jump into
Normandy on D-Day but by D+5 he had been captured by the Germans and
listed in the Company A Morning Reports as MI.
Bill was liberated from Stalag 3C after the war
ended. His military decorations include the Combat Infantryman
Badge for action during Normandy, France Campaign.