[AARA] Eugene Clark - WA5GOX - Silent Key

Herman Campbell kn5grk at lusfiber.net
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
mornings.
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 
II members.
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 
display:

*Eugene S. Clark*

*WA5GOX*

*Advanced Class Licensee*

*Born 1920*

**

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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