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The Price of Freedom: Haskell Clark Shares Tales of WWII

Haskell Clark served more than thirty years in the United States Marine Corps.

"It was 30 years, one month, and 16 days.  I think it was," Clark told us.

Clark went to boot camp at Parris Island, South Carolina in 1940.  Back then he had no idea the journey he was on.  He saw his first combat in World War II during the landing at Guadalcanal.

"When we were going down, because we were shot up pretty bad, [the pilot] says you can go ahead and jump” Clark told us.  “I said are you going to jump?  And he said no I'm going to try and take it down.  I said I'm going to be back here praying for you."

The plane crashed, and Haskell injured his leg.  He returned to combat in the Battle of Okinawa.  Clark was also on the USS Missouri when the surrender treaty with Japan was signed.

"They took a few men off of each ship that was in the fleet, and that's how I got there," Haskell told us.

After World War II he did several different jobs.  He was a Marine Corps recruiter and did two tours as a drill instructor.  He also fought in Korea and Vietnam, and finished his career at HMX, the Presidential Helicopter squadron, working under President Lyndon Johnson.

"We got along real,” Clark said.  “He said what he thought.  I said what I thought.” 

By Josh RoeThe Price of Freedom: Haskell Clark Shares Tales of WWII

Wednesday, April 9 2014, 07:04 PM EDT

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