HONORING MAJOR THOMAS E. CLARK
(House of Representatives - October 13, 2011)

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                     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.

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