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"I went down on that march and two angels picked me up." (Audio Interview, 39:09)

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   William Burton Clark
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William Clark
War: World War, 1939-1945
Branch: Army
Unit: 200th Coast Artillery
Service Location: El Paso, Texas; Clark Field, Bataan (Philippines); Japan; Pacific Theater
Rank: Staff Sergeant
POW: Yes
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William Clark joined the New Mexico National Guard as a 21-year-old who had been working highway construction jobs in New Mexico. It was only a few months before Pearl Harbor, but he knew he was going to be drafted. What he didn't know is that all of the National Guard units would get called into active duty. Clark was actually at Clark Air Field when the Japanese attacked on December 8, 1941;he was manning his 3-inch anti-aircraft gun. Since the war, William Clark has been doing his own research on those two initial Japanese attacks, and he is concerned that none of the top brass were demoted or punished in any way. After the Philippines surrendered, William Clark spent the next 1,248 days as a Prisoner of War, including 33 months in Japan.

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The morning of the Pearl Harbor attack, viewed from the Philippines; a conspiracy theory. (06:02) Why hospital was not safe during the attack on Clark. (01:07) Being carried by angels while on the Death March. (00:30)
The first days of the trek to San Fernando; the absurd conditions and actions of the prison guards; how many Americans were dying each day. (05:19) The grave detail for 250 men--every morning. (01:30) 
  
 
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