Categories: Purple Heart | United States Army, World War II | Beverly National Cemetery, Beverly, New Jersey | Nominated Profiles | Descendants of Thomas and Joan Mildenhall | Descendants of John Clark | Killed in Action, United States of America, World War II.
Leslie Ewing Clark
is on the Wikitree Roll of Honor
PFC Clark Was awarded the Purple Heart
|War Department Letter|
As I sat writing my draft prior to typing this, I noted all I know of Uncle Les. You see I never met him. He died in World War II, 14 years prior to my birth. Our family kept Uncle Les in our hearts all our lives. Even now, 68 years after his death he is still remembered as we share the stories with the present generations.
Leslie Ewing Clark son of David James and Martha Matilda (Hanson) Clark was born in Sicklerville, New Jersey. He was one of 10 children. He was my grandfather’s brother. From the stories we were told Uncle Les tried to enlist in the Navy and was then drafted into the Army. What may have prompted this is the death of his only child at a young age.
|Uncle Les picture that|
hung in my grandparents parlor
that now hangs in mine
I remember as a young child visiting my grandparents with my siblings and cousins. We would always ask about the picture of the man in uniform that hung in the parlor. I can never remember a time when our grandparents did not stop what they were doing to tell us of Uncle Les and the sacrifice he made for country, home and family. We still celebrate Uncle Les’ birthday.
We were told the stories about when they were young and living on a farm. Their father David had wanted to try his hand at farming and his father had helped him purchase one. In 1911, they moved from Philadelphia to Sicklersville, New Jersey where Andrew, Leslie and Margaret were born. In 1916, they returned to Philadelphia. When their father died in 1919, ‘PopPop’, at 15, became the man of the house. Les was 6 with siblings both younger and older. The family stayed together through all the struggles that came with life in the 1920s’.
nephews and nieces.
Uncle Les has a big heart and loves children. Note, I use present tense as in a sense he is still with us. I have the many letters he wrote to my grandparents when he went in the army and have read them all. There are even individual sections written to my father, aunts and uncles. His love for children is quite evident in his letters as he referred to them as his kids.
|nephews and nieces.|
Through the stories we were told of Uncle Les many of the younger generations were influenced to serve. Les’ younger brothers William and John Paulie served in the Navy during WWII. My father John and his brother Robert both enlisted in the Navy and served in the time of the Korean War. Our cousin Leslie Ewing Clark, named for Uncle Les, served in the Marine Corps, his brothers served in the Army. My brother Joe and my cousin Robert served in the Army, and two of my sons, Raymond in the Navy and Clif in the Army.
|Leslie Clark |
We come from a long line that has served in the United States Military back to the Revolutionary War with Captain Joseph Mendenhall the “Fighting Quaker”. Samuel Bernham McClennen Hanson my Third Great Grandfather whose brother Warrick was KIA, and also his father and brothers fought in the Civil War. An uncle, Alex Clark served in WWI in the Army. These are just a few. This history was unknown to us until I started my research using Uncle Les’ letters as a starting point.
My grandfather gave each of his children items that belonged to Uncle Les. I have the flag that draped his coffin; it was given to my father. Dawn has the letter that came with the pretty pin along with the pin in its box.
I mentioned my research in this writing since if it were not for the letters I would not have made the most important of all the discoveries. That neither my uncle nor our family knew he had another son. While researching on Ancestry com and connecting with other member's, comparing what we knew and what facts we share I was told of James existence. We are now reconnecting with that son and his family to share our knowledge of his father and all our family.
So you see even after the sacrifice he made for Our Country, he is still here helping his family.
Jacqueline E Clark-Jones 18 JUN 2012
The family story on Uncle Les' name he was named for Dr. Leslie Ewing the doctor who delivered him. After his fathers death he and his siblings were baptizd in St David´s Episcopal Church with :Godparents: Ellen C (Hanson) Radabaugh, Ellen Cecelia Clark in February of 1920  it is unclear if they were baptized prior to this in another church.
He and Betty married in St David´s Episcopal Church on January 18, 1935 (Betty is listed as age 18 when she was only 15) in Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. They seperated and divorced prior to 1943.
|Leslie Ewing Clark|
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