This layout is dedicated to my Dad, my Uncle Clyde & their brothers/stepbrothers, 9 of whom served in WWII. The newsclipping on page 1 is from a 1944 Holden,Mo paper and reads as follows:
Clyde, Missing in Action Over Germany,
Walter, Sailor On Saratoga
Mr. & Mrs. C.J. Clark of Holden, stand among the few parents in the United States who can say they have nine sons in the service. Three of the boys are real veterans and have seen active warfare on the icy beaches of the Aleutians to the balmy breezes of the South Pacific.. Six of the boys are the sons of Mrs. Jessie Taylor Clark: Leonard, Lloyd, Harold, Lester, Homer and Walter. Three of the lads are the sons of Mr. C.J. Clark: Clair, Clyde and Ray. The only tragic note to the military history of the nine boys came June 13, when a telegram came from the War Department informing them that Clyde Clark, age 21, is missing in action over Germany. Clyde ******
turret gun of a Liberator bomber, had only been in England two months and it was thought by his parents that this was either his first or second mission. Hope is held that he bailed out and is a prisoner in Germany. The youngster graduated from Holden High School in the class of 1943. He had been in the service since that time.
First Lieutenant Clair Clark, 23, veteran of 56 missions over Africa and Italy has seen action on many fronts and only his skill as pilot brought him home safe on two occasions. On a mission over Italy 75 bullet holes were counted after he landed his craft; and on another flight over Yugoslavia 410 holes were counted on his craft. On one of these missions, Lt. Clark was wounded, and later he received permission to fly his plane home from Italy. The young hero has been awarded the Purple Heart, three Oak Leaf Clusters, the Distinguished Flying Cross, and the Air Medal. He is a graduate of Holden High School, class of ’39 and has been in service four years. While in Italy he participated in the annihilation of the monastery above Cassino and many other disastrous raids that contributed to the defeat of the Nazis at Cassino.
On one raid the co-pilot cautioned him to land as only forty gallons of gasoline was left in the tank. Clair, however, was determined not to land his plane in enemy territory and by skillful maneuvering managed to land safely on friendly terrain. The young Lieutenant is married and the father of a seven months old daughter, which he saw for the first time in June. At the present time he is enjoying a well-deserved rest at Miami Beach, Fla., where he is awaiting orders to another field of action.
Lt. Ray Clark, age 35 is a veteran army man of 15 years experience. He is in the infantry and stationed at Camp Crofton, S.C. Mr. Clark is married and has three children.
Staff Sgt. Leonard Taylor, age **, is a mechanic in the Army Air Forces and at present is stationed at an air base in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Staff Sgt Lloyd Taylor, age 32 is *******Engineering Corp in the regular Army and has been in the service seven years. He is stationed at Camp Claiborne, La.
Staff Sgt Harold Taylor, 23 is Crew Chief in the Air Force. He graduated from the local school in 1932. Sgt Taylor is located at Las Vegas, Nevada.
Pvt Lester Taylor, 25 is in the Air Force and stationed at Denver, Colo. He is married and was formerly employed with Consolidated Aircraft at San Diego, California for four years before entering the army.
Pfc. Homer Taylor, 21, spent 32 months in the Aleutians and participated in many of the early battles which were instrumental in driving the Japs from our shores. At one island Pfc. Taylor was only 650 air miles from Toyko. He is now in this country and stationed at Little Rock, Ark.
Walter Taylor, a third class seaman in the Navy has seen a lifetime of action in two years. The young lad enlisted at 17, and since that time has participated in many major battles including Guadalcanal and the Marianas. His ship, the aircraft carrier Saratoga was always in the thick of the conflict, and the Japs always came off second best with the giant carrier. Young Taylor has been to India and Australia and has crossed the equator six times. He has been visiting his parents this week, which is the first visit home in two years.
The father, C.J. Clark is a veteran of the Spanish-American War and saw active duty in many stiff battles in Cuba. During the conversation with the reporter, Mrs. Clark remarked that she was sorry that she was not in any war, but believed she had done her part for her country.
Grouped around the mantel above the hearth are the pictures of the boys, all in uniform, and this visitor on entering this room of heroes can only feel his own insignificance and smallness when he views the clean, fighting faces of the Clark and Taylor boys, giving their all for God and country.