Harold M. Clark

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Harold M. Clark
Harold Melville Clark
Birth name Harold Melville Clark
Born (1890-10-04)October 4, 1890
Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States
Died May 2, 1919(1919-05-02) (aged 28)
off Miraflores Locks, Panama
Place of burial Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia, United States (38°52′37″N 77°04′15″W / 38.87694°N 77.07083°W / 38.87694; -77.07083)
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch Signal Corps, United States Army
Rank Major

Harold M. Clark (October 4, 1890 – May 2, 1919) was a major in U.S. Army Signal Corps. Born in Minnesota, Clark was commissioned a second lieutenant of Cavalry in 1913. In 1916, he transferred to the Aviation Section of the Signal Corps, and in 1917 was rated a Junior Military Aviator.[1]

Clark flew assignments in Columbus, New Mexico; Kelly Field, Texas; and Fort Sill, Oklahoma. He went to Hawaii to command an air service station and was the first United States airman to fly in Hawaii. Upon his return to the United States, Clark served at fields in Washington, D.C. and San Diego, California. After completion of a pursuit course, he was appointed as the commanding officer of a pursuit group of the First Provisional Wing at Mineola, New York.[2]

Clark later became an executive officer with the Aviation Section in Panama. Major Clark died on May 2, 1919 in a seaplane crash in the Miraflores Locks, Panama Canal Zone and was interred at Arlington National Cemetery.

Clark is the official namesake of the Clark Air Base, in the Philippines.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Griffith, John. "Harold M. Clark". Find a Grave. Retrieved 24 February 2013. 
  2. ^ "Harold Melville Clark, Major, United States Army Air Service". Michael Robert Patterson. ArlingtonCemetery.net. Retrieved 24 February 2013.