Major Harold M. Clark

Harold Melville ClarkClark Air Base in the Philippines was named for Harold M. Clark, U.S. Army Signal Corps in 1919. Born in Minnesota and reared in Manila, Philippines, A young Clark was commissioned a second lieutenant of Cavalry in 1913.

In 1916, he transferred to the Aviation Section of the Signal Corps, and in 1917 was rated a Junior Military Aviator.

Clark flew assignments in Columbus, New Mexico; Kelly Field, Texas; and Fort Sill, Oklahoma. He went to Hawaii to command an air service station and was the first United States airman to fly in Hawaii. Upon his return to the United States, Clark served at fields in Washington, D.C. and San Diego, California.

After completion of a pursuit course, he was appointed as the commanding officer of a pursuit group of the First Provisional Wing at Mineola, New York.

Clark later became an executive officer with the Aviation Section in Panama. Major Clark died on May 2, 1919 in a seaplane crash in the Miraflores Locks, Panama Canal Zone and was interred at Arlington National Cemetery

Harold M. Clark Grave of Harold M. Clark

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Clark_Air_Base#Major_Harold_M._Clark

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