Last Known Activity Remains of Korean War soldier arrive at home The Associated Press Posted : Wednesday Feb 27, 2013 11:09:48 EST LOS ANGELES ? A soldier who disappeared during the Korean War more than 60 years ago is finally coming home. A flag-draped coffin containing the remains of Army Pfc. Roosevelt Clark arrived Wednesday morning at Los Angeles International Airport from Hawaii. Members of Clark's family were on hand as a military honor guard carried the coffin to a hearse for transport to Bakersfield in Kern County for a Friday burial. Clark grew up in rural Arvin, southeast of Bakersfield. He dropped out of Bakersfield High School to join the Army. Clark was just 18 when he was reported missing in action on Nov. 28, 1950. He had died three days earlier while fighting with the 35th Infantry Regiment when Chinese troops overwhelmed a position in North Korea. His remains were included in 208 boxes of commingled human remains, thought to be those of U.S. soldiers that North Korea turned over to the United States in the 1990s. Clark's remains were recently identified through DNA and other tests. "It's a closure for us," his cousin, Rennie Hunter, told KABC-TV. With the missing, she said, "you just never know what had happened or if they will ever come back home." Clark's photograph was displayed in his parents' home for years. "We spent our childhood grieving the portrait of a young man that we never got to know," Karlina Maiden Martin told the Bakersfield Californian. She and her siblings were raised by her late great-aunt Sarah Clark, Roosevelt's mother. "I'm only saddened that the elders, who could truly appreciate his return, have passed on," she said. "Our family can now truly rest in peace."
The 35th Infantry Regiment Association salutes our fallen brother, PFC Roosevelt Clark, RA19361022, who died in the service of his country on November 28th, 1950 in North Korea. The cause of death was listed as MIA to Declared Dead. At the time of his death Roosevelt was 18 years of age. He was from Bakersfield, California. Roosevelt's Military Occupation Specialty was 4745-Light Weapons Infantryman.
The decorations earned by PFC Roosevelt Clark include: the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Purple Heart, the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Korea Service Medal, and the Republic of Korea War Service Medal.
Private First Class Clark was a member of Company E, 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division. He was listed as Missing in Action while fighting the enemy in North Korea on November 28, 1950. He was presumed dead on December 31, 1953. His name is inscribed on the Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial. Private First Class Clark was awarded the Purple Heart, the Combat Infantryman's Badge, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Presidential Unit Citation and the Republic of Korea War Service Medal.