enemy positions and whose men considered him lucky and would immediately follow him. During his combat career he earned three (3) Purple Heart Medals for injuries sustained in combat and three Bronze Star Medals for valor.
He died in January 1998 and was buried with full military honors in Arlington National Cemetery (Section 59) on January 30, 1998.
Additional information will be added as it becomes available.
The following information has been provided by Lisa Burt, Captain Wright's niece. Thanks to Lisa for helping us to keep his memory alive.
Clark Branning Wright Born: The 4th of July, 1921 (I suppose he was born to be a soldier!), Titusville, Florida. Died: January 16, 1998.
His first wife (deceased and also buried at Arlington in a shared plot) was Pauline A. Wright, a Navy Registered Nurse, at Parris Island. His second wife, Elizabeth Wright, is still living. Two sons: Clark Jr. and John (both living in Florida) Two grandsons: Clark and Austin.
He enlisted in the Marine Corps on May 27, 1939, and was a member of Platoon 16, Parris Island, South Carolina. Following boot camp, he joined B-1-5, 1st Marine Brigade, Quantico VA. After a tour of duty on the USS Wichita, was stationed at the Naval Air Station, Qounset Point, Rhode Island.1st Sergeant School, Philadelphia, joining 3-L-23. After the split, was a member of 3-L-25 from activation to deactivation.
During World War II, he participated in the Roi-Namur, Saipan, Tinian, and Iwo Jima campaigns from D-Day to completion. In addition, he was a member of 2-F-7 Marines during Inchon and Chosen Reservoir campaigns during the Korean War.
He received a field commission during the Iwo Jima campaign and retired from the Marine Corps with the rank of Captain in 1959. He then joined the police department in West Miami, Florida, eventually becoming the Chief of Police.
His awards and medals include: Bronze Star with three stars; Purple Heart with three stars; a Presidential Unit Citation with four stars; the Good Conduct Medal; the American Defense Medal with one star; the American Campaign Medal; the Asiatic-Pacific with four stars; the WW II VictoryMedal; the Navy Occupation (Japan) with two stars; the National Defense Service Medal; the Korean Service Medal; the United Nations Service Medal; and the Korean Presidential Unit Citation with cluster.
WRIGHT, CLARK B
CAPT US MARINE CORPS
WORLD WAR II, KOREA
DATE OF BIRTH: 07/04/1921
DATE OF DEATH: 01/16/1998
BURIED AT: SECTION 59 SITE 2682
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
Michael Robert Patterson was born in Arlington and is the son of a former officer of the US Army. So it was no wonder that sooner or later his interests drew him to American history and especially to American military history. Many of his articles can be found on renowned portals like the New York Times, Washingtonpost or Wikipedia.
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