TC’s Tribute to
Jerry Prosper Clark
One of many missing but not forgotten, let’s
bring them home NOW !!
|Rank/Branch: W1/ US Army||Country of Loss: South Vietnam|
|Unit: 568th Signal Company, 41st Signal Battalion||Loss Coordinates: 133834N 1091351E(CR087088)|
|Date of Birth: August 8,1940 (Pine Bluff Arkansas)||Status(in 1973): Missing in Action Category :2|
|Home City of Record: Davenport, Iowa||Acft/Vehicle/Ground: 01D|
|Loss Date: December 15,1965||Other Personnel In Incident: (none missing)|
- MOS (Military Occupational Specialty Code): 061B
- Start of Tour: Wednesday, December 15 ,1965
- Date of Casualty: Friday, October 26,1973
- Age at time of loss: 33
- Casualty type: (C3) Non hostile, died while missing
- Reason: Air loss – Crashed on land ( Pilot-Fixed wing aircraft)
- Country: South Vietnam
- Province: Phu Yen
- The Wall: Panel 04E-Row016
WO Jerry Prosper Clark was a pilot flying a reconnaissance mission when his 01D aircraft (serial#55-4686) went down just south of Qui Nhon, South Vietnam. Prosper had experienced an in-flight emergency; he radioed that his battery had exploded, and that he was running low on fuel. 1Lt. Robert L. Taylor, who was flying a nearby UH1B, tried to intercept Clark and guide him to Qui Nhon airfield. Clark’s aircraft, according to his radio message, “quit” and he headed for the beach.
When Taylor flew over the beach trying to locate Clark, he found wreckage of hos aircraft in shallow water near the hamlet of Tuy Phong, about 8 miles south of Qui Nhon. Several aircraft and vessels were dispatched to locate Clark, but no sign of him was found.
When search teams surveyed the crash site, Jerry’s survival gear was not found and it was thought that he had been taken prisoner by the North Vietnamese. Stories from villagers differ. In one version, Clark left the aircraft, swam to shore, swam back to the aircraft to get a weapon, returned to shore and fled into the hills. Another version says that Clark swam ashore, returned to the aircraft, but was shot by a sniper and fell into the water as though mortally wounded. No proof of either version has been found, nor has JERRY P.CLARK.
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