Herbert J. Clark



At about 20 years of age, Herbert Clark (Herb) was on a student deferment that enabled him and others to continue college studies. Each evening, the newscasts reported young men of his age being killed or wounded. Herb felt that it was time to do his part in this war as well. He called his Selective Service board and asked them to cancel his student deferment – essentially volunteering for the draft. In less than one week, he was taken to Denver, subjected to a physical examination, took other tests, and was quickly on a plane with other young men headed for SEATAC. (Seattle-Tacoma Washington International Airport.)

The Army installation was Fort Lewis, Washington. The plane arrived late into the night, in a snow storm. Military bus picked them up.

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