[AARA] Eugene Clark - WA5GOX - Silent Key
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Fri Apr 18 10:49:10 CDT 2014
From Jackie Price - KA5LMZ
I regret to inform you that Mr. Gene Clark has become a silent key.
Mr. Gene in earlier years was an active member of the Franklin Amateur
Radio Club and
when BEARS was formed, became a member of BEARS.
For the last several years, his health prevented him from being on the
air. He had also
been one of the net controls for many years of the Louisiana Post Office
Net on Sunday
Personally, he made the best sweet potato pie that you will ever eat.
Funeral arrangements are by Ibert Funeral Home in Franklin. The family
will receive friends
Monday, April 21, 2014 at Ibert's from 11 am to 1pm. Funeral will be at
1pm and burial will be in the Franklin Cemetery.
BEARS honored Mr. Clark and recognized him as one of our three World War
His military picture and write up are framed and hanging next to the
American flag in the hallway of the W5BMC station.
The write up follows and is the information Mr. Clark provided for this
*Eugene S. Clark*
*Advanced Class Licensee*
Captain Eugene S. Clark, U. S. Air Force, served from 1942-1950 active
duty and in the Air Force Reserve until 1955.Gene entered the Air Force
as an enlisted man, specializing in communications and was initially
assigned to Madison, Wisconsin.As a Corporal, he was an enlisted man
teaching officers at Radio School in Boca Raton, Florida.
After being chosen to attend Communications Officers School while at
Radar School in Boca Raton as an instructor, he went to Cadet Training
in North Carolina for three months.From there Gene was sent to Officers
Communications School at Yale University New Haven, Connecticut. That
was a nine month course, and he graduated November 4, 1944 as a Second
Lieutenant.He served as a communication officer in the Pacific and also
in Goose Bay, Labrador, and left the service with the rank of Captain.
Gene stayed in the reserve and was working for Central Louisiana
Electric.When it came time for him to attend two weeks training, they
told him he was a new employee, and he would be shown preference over
older employees if he were allowed to attend the training as he would be
using their vacation time and they had preference over him.So, in 1955,
he reluctantly gave up his rank in the U.S. Air Force Reserve to keep
his civilian job.
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