March 17, 1931 (Norwalk, CT) –
Married Eileen Altman (1934-2014) on September 25, 1954, in Norwalk, Connecticut.
Three sons, David (1959-), Christopher J. (1960-), and Timothy P. (1965-).
Three daughters, Patricia (1959-), Maureen Clark Lipp (1965-), and Jeannie Clark Miller (1967-).
Local address: 15 Wilton Avenue and 19 Plattsville Avenue in Norwalk, Connecticut
Enlisted in March 1950
Service number: 7193937
Unit: USS McDermut (DD-677)
Born to John E. (1898-1983) and Lottie Stackowski Clark (1999-1996). Lottie Clark was born in Poland. Three sisters, Catherine M. Clark Margas (1923-2014), Elizabeth (1925-?), and Florence Clark Splittorff (1926-2013).
Norwalk High School Class of ‘49. Photos provided by Ramona Garcia, Reference Librarian, Norwalk Public Library.
It is unknown when or where John Clark was wounded in action. More research is needed.
Worked for O’Brien Suburban Press after serving. He eventually moved to Bristol, Connecticut where he raised his family with his wife, Eileen.
From The Norwalk Hour May 23, 1953
TWO KOREA VETERANS ON SUNDAY PROGRAM
John Clark of 15 Wilton Avenue, a Navy veteran with two missions in Korea, will be on the Connecticut Forum of the Air program from 6 to 6:45 p.m., Sunday. The program, to be broadcast from Lyons Pier Restaurant over Station WNLK, will be a special one. Clark has received the Purple Heart for wounds received in action. Another Korean veteran, Eugene Kane, who holds the Purple Heart and a Silver Star Medal for heroism in action, will also be heard. Clergymen, Veterans organization leaders, recruiting officers, and city officials, including Council President W. Earle DeMuth and Police Chief Max Orlins will participate. Part of the broadcast will be heard from the boat of Addison E. Austin, a local Chevrolet dealer, who will be host to participating servicemen.
From The Norwalk Hour November 9, 1953
BACK TO THE EAST
FAR EAST (FHTNC) – Four ships of Destroyer Squadron 155 have returned to Far Eastern waters for a seven-month tour of duty. John P. Clark, Damage Controlman Third Class, USN, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Clark of 15 Wilton Avenue, Norwalk Connecticut, is aboard the USS McDermut.
From The Norwalk Hour March 2, 1954
Damage Controlman Third Class John P. Clark, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Clark of 15 Wilton Avenue, was recently discharged from the U.S. Navy at Treasure Island, San Francisco, California, and arrived home on Friday. Mr. Clark (shown above) was serving aboard the destroyer USS McDermut in the Far East prior to his discharge. Mr. Clark enlisted in the Navy in March of 1950. He served three duty tours in the Far East.