Phillip Henry Clark

Private First Class
Army of the United States
22 February 1946 - 04 March 1966
Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin
Panel 05E Line 100


Combat Infantry

Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign


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09 Sep 2006

Phillip Clark was my nephew. We were more like brother and sister. He lived with us for a while when he was young and a few other times when he was older.

Phil was the type of person that would take his shirt off his back and give it to you if you needed it. He always was looking out for the other person to make sure that they were OK.

He also was very protective of me since I was 2 years younger then him. We did a lot of things together. When we went to dances he always would dance with me and we boogied well together.

I wrote to him a lot when he was in the service and when he was in Viet Nam. He would have me write to some of his buddies because they didn't get much mail. It was OK writing to other people to help the loneliness for them.

All I can say is that he was one of the most important persons in my life and I loved him a lot. It was a hard thing to deal with but he said in his last letter that if God wants him to come home he would be home. He was a good person and any of his buddies were lucky to have him by their side.

From his aunt,
Marcia Coller

24 Jul 2007

For many years I had thought about my best friend Phillip Clark.
We met as children in the very early years of grade school.
He was so close to me that I wished we were brothers.
His kindness and love will carry me to my final breath.

It is so sad that he died very young. So much life lost.
I have prayed for him and am thankful my unit was never sent to Vietnam.

For those of us that survived this sad time in history I sincerely wish peace of mind and dreams that are beautiful and not wake in a shock.

I feel that some of us still live in a trance from experiences that occurred. May God please help us all. Amen.

Peace and love from the 60's to whoever reads this tribute to a fine human being.

From a friend,
Den Krasavage
6510 North 3rd Avenue #12, Phoenix, Arizona 85013

A Note from The Virtual Wall

On 04 March 1966 the 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry engaged a North Vietnamese battalion as it prepared to attack a US fire support base. The 327th Infantry web site describes the engagement as follows:
"The largest encounter of Operation Harrison occurred when elements of 1-327 once again locked in heavy combat with regulars of the 95th NVA Regiment. The battle took place southwest of Tuy Hoa near the hamlet of My Phu. It started slowly, as did most engagements, but the sporadic fire steadily increased in volume to the high pitch of a major fire fight. Unlike other enemy forces, this regiment was truly professional and this was to be a battle between the professionals. Using one company as a base of fire and one as the maneuver element, the "Above the Rest" battalion moved relentlessly forward. In perhaps the Brigades' first night airmobile assault under fire, the tiger force was successfully inserted into a blocking position on a one-helicopter landing zone. Next morning when the smoke had cleared from the battlefield, the troopers of 1-327 dominated the enemy positions, counting 118 enemy dead."
Twenty US soldiers died in what became known as the "battle of My Phu":
  • A Btry, 2nd Bn, 320th Artillery
    • PFC James S. Cocchiara, Springfield, MA

  • A Co, 1st Bn, 327th Infantry
    • 1LT Harry M. Godwin, El Dorado, AR (Dist Svc Cross)
    • SP4 Reuben L. Garnett, Steelton, PA
    • SP4 Diego Mercado, New York, NY
    • SP4 James R. Scott, Fort Lauderdale, FL
    • PFC Phillip H. Clark, Wisconsin Rapids, WI
    • PFC Richard P. Corson, Buffalo, NY
    • PFC Stanley T. Demboski, Jersey City, NJ
    • PFC Harvey W. Jones, Fort Worth, TX
    • PFC Arnell Keyes, New York, NY
    • PFC Paul G. Parsons, Van Wert, OH
    • PFC Charles D. Wadsworth, Alvy, WV

  • B Co, 1st Bn, 327th Infantry
  • C Co, 1st Bn, 327th Infantry
    • SP4 Alberto A. Lucero, Salida, CO

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
his aunt,
Marcia Coller

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 09 Sep 2006
Last updated 02/29/2008