LTC Raymond A. Clarke, USA, Ret. of Washington, D.C., died on 31 August 2019. He enlisted in the US Army in 1947 and served in Japan where he was awarded the Occupation Medal. He was quickly promoted to Sergeant First Class and was chosen to attend Officer Candidate School. He graduated from OCS in May of 1952 and was branched Infantry and deployed to Korea were joined Company B, 180th Infantry Regiment as a Platoon Leader.
On 21 February, 1953 he was awarded the Silver Star for gallantry in action. He was also awarded the Purple Heart medal and the Combat Infantrymen Badge. He continued to serve our nation is the US Army Reserves were he retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1990.
After the Korean war he went to college at the University of Miami where he graduated from the Business School. He joined Sears Roebuck Corporation as a manager and retired from Sears after a 30 years career. He then attended The Citadel as a Veteran student and graduated in 1993. His Bachelor of Arts diploma was presented to him by his two sons, LTC (RET) Robert Clarke ’82 and COL (RET) Fred Clarke ’85.
Per Colonel Harvey Dick, For the first time in Citadel history two Citadel graduates presented their father his Citadel diploma.
He is survived by his two sons, two daughters and nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
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Posted on: 2019-11-05
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