Thomas E. Clarke never had a chance to reach 100 years old today. Instead, he sacrificed his life for our freedom.
He was born on July 30, 1917 in Iowa. His parents were also both born in Iowa. His father's parents were born in Ireland. His father worked as a bank teller and later as an auditor for Sears Roebuck. Thomas had two younger brothers.
He enlisted in the Marines on March 1, 1941. He decided to become an officer and was commissioned a Marine Corps 2nd lieutenant in June 1941. He was promoted to 1st lieutenant in June 1942 and was on station on Midway Island during the Battle of Midway. In October he was promoted to Captain and was stationed in Hawaii. He was sent back to the United States for more officer training and in July 1943 he became the commanding officer of Company C, 1st Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division.
On June 15, 1944 Company C landed on Yellow Beach Two on the first day of the invasion on Saipan. Captain Clarke was killed in action on June 19, 1944. He was award the Navy Cross for his extraordinary heroism during the five days he commanded Charlie Company.
Captain Clarke's Navy Cross citation said:
His grave is at Glendale Cemetery in Des Moines, Iowa.
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