Thompson Recognizes Major Thomas E. Clark
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson yesterday evening recognized and honored Major Thomas E. Clark’s service and sacrifice to the United States of America. After being shot down by enemy fire over 40 years ago during the Vietnam War, Major Clark will finally be escorted home to Emporium, PA, by Patriot Guard Riders and Police, on Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011, where the Air Force will honor him with an honorary flyover. Thompson, who will be attending Major Clark’s Mass of Christian Burial in Emporium on October 22, 2011, submitted his remarks for the Congressional Record, which are highlighted below.
HONORING MAJOR THOMAS E. CLARK
(Mr. THOMPSON of Pennsylvania asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute and to revise and extend his remarks.)
Mr. THOMPSON of Pennsylvania. The motto inscribed on the Prisoners of War/Missing in Action flag reads, ``You are not forgotten.''
I rise today to Honor Major Thomas E. Clark, a U.S. soldier who served in Vietnam, an airman who gave his life defending this country.
Originally from Emporium, Pennsylvania, Major Clark studied at Penn State before being accepted into the Air Force Academy and graduating in 1963.
In 1969, while flying an F-100 in a mission over Laos, Major Clark's aircraft was hit by enemy fire. The plane went crashing into the jungle canopy. The wreckage was not found and Major Clark went missing in action for 4 years when, in 1973, the Air Force determined Clark was ``killed in action; body not recovered.''
In 1991, some of the wreckage of the F-100 was found. Finally, in 2009, an investigation found the remains of Major Clark.
Next week, the Air Force will bring home Major Clark to Emporium, Pennsylvania, to have him properly laid to rest in his family's plot.
I'm truly proud and honored to recognize his bravery and thank him for making the ultimate sacrifice for this country.
He will not be forgotten. Major Clark, may you rest in peace.