PRINTER'S NO.  2526

  

THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA

  

HOUSE RESOLUTION

 

No.

448

Session of

2011

  

  

INTRODUCED BY CREIGHTON AND CAUSER, OCTOBER 12, 2011

  

  

INTRODUCED AS NONCONTROVERSIAL RESOLUTION UNDER RULE 35, OCTOBER 12, 2011  

  

  

  

A RESOLUTION

  

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Honoring the life of United States Air Force Major Thomas Edward

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Clark, who was killed in action on February 8, 1969, during a

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Vietnam combat mission over Laos.

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WHEREAS, Thomas Edward Clark was born on April 15, 1939, in

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Emporium, to Josephine and Otto Clark and graduated from the

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United States Air Force Academy in 1963; and

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WHEREAS, On February 8, 1969, as a captain in the United

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States Air Force, Thomas Clark was flying an F-100D aircraft of

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the 416th Tactical Fighter Squadron, 37th Tactical Fight Wing,

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out of Phu Cat Air Base, Vietnam, along with three other

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aircraft on a combat mission over Laos; and

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WHEREAS, The flight, controlled by an F-4 Forward Air

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Controller, engaged a 23 millimeter anti-aircraft artillery

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(AAA) battery in the vicinity of grid coordinates 48Q XD 177

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598; and

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WHEREAS, Captain Clark's aircraft was hit by rounds from the

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AAA battery, burst into flames and crashed; and

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WHEREAS, No parachute was observed and aircraft in the area

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conducted visual and electronic searches with negative results;

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and

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WHEREAS, Approximately one hour after the crash, a voice

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transmission, reportedly Asian, was received on an emergency

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frequency but no evidence suggested that this transmission was

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related to Captain Clark's loss nor was the location of the

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transmission's origin discernible; and

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WHEREAS, Subsequently, the United States Air Force determined

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that Captain Clark was killed in action (KIA), unrecovered (BNR)

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and posthumously promoted him to the rank of major; and 

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WHEREAS, On February 12, 1991, a joint United States and Lao

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People's Democratic Republic team investigated the crash of

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Major Clark's F-100D; and

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WHEREAS, In late 1991, a Thai citizen turned over human

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remains and a military identification tag bearing Captain

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Clark's name to United States officials in Thailand, but the

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human remains were determined to not be those of Major Clark;

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and

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WHEREAS, Excavations of the crash site in 1992 and 2005 were

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unsuccessful in recovering Major Clark's remains; and

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WHEREAS, From October 14 to 20, 2009, another joint team

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excavation recovered a human tooth which, after extensive

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examination, was identified as belonging to Major Clark; and

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WHEREAS, The Clark family was notified in June 2011 that the

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remains of Major Clark would be returned to his family, and

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arrangements have been made to bury the remains in Emporium on

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October 22, 2011, in the family plot with his father and mother;

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and

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WHEREAS, The investigative efforts of the joint excavation

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teams testify poignantly to the heroic service given to this

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nation by this courageous flyer during the Vietnam Conflict and

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to this Commonwealth's duty to honor his life in death;

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therefore be it

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RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives honor the life of

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United States Air Force Major Thomas Edward Clark, who was

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killed in action on February 8, 1969, during a Vietnam combat

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mission over Laos.

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