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ACT OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY 2007-2008

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NO. R-150.  House concurrent resolution in memory of U.S. Army Sgt. Carlton A. Clark of Sharon.

(H.C.R.104)

Offered by:  Representatives Ainsworth of Royalton, Cheney of Norwich, Masland of Thetford, Acinapura of Brandon, Adams of Hartland, Allard of St. Albans Town, Ancel of Calais, Anderson of Montpelier, Andrews of Rutland City, Aswad of Burlington, Atkins of Winooski, Audette of S. Burlington, Baker of West Rutland, Barnard of Richmond, Bissonnette of Winooski, Bostic of St. Johnsbury, Botzow of Pownal, Branagan of Georgia, Bray of New Haven, Brennan of Colchester, Browning of Arlington, Canfield of Fair Haven, Chen of Mendon, Clark of St. Johnsbury, Clark of Vergennes, Clarkson of Woodstock, Clerkin of Hartford, Condon of Colchester, Consejo of Sheldon, Copeland-Hanzas of Bradford, Corcoran of Bennington, Courcelle of Rutland City, Davis of Washington, Deen of Westminster, Devereux of Mount Holly, Donaghy of Poultney, Donahue of Northfield, Donovan of Burlington, Dostis of Waterbury, Edwards of Brattleboro, Emmons of Springfield, Errecart of Shelburne, Evans of Essex, Fallar of Tinmouth, Fisher of Lincoln, Fitzgerald of St. Albans City, Flory of Pittsford, Frank of Underhill, French of Randolph, Gervais of Enosburg, Gilbert of Fairfax, Godin of Milton, Grad of Moretown, Haas of Rochester, Head of S. Burlington, Heath of Westford, Helm of Castleton, Hosford of Waitsfield, Howard of Rutland City, Howrigan of Fairfield, Hube of Londonderry, Hudson of Lyndon, Hunt of Essex, Hutchinson of Randolph, Jerman of Essex, Jewett of Ripton, Johnson of South Hero, Johnson of Canaan, Keenan of St. Albans City, Keogh of Burlington, Kilmartin of Newport City, Kitzmiller of Montpelier, Klein of East Montpelier, Koch of Barre Town, Komline of Dorset, Krawczyk of Bennington, Kupersmith of S. Burlington, Larocque of Barnet, Larrabee of Danville, Larson of Burlington, LaVoie of Swanton, Lawrence of Lyndon, Lenes of Shelburne, Leriche of Hardwick, Lippert of Hinesburg, Livingston of Manchester, Lorber of Burlington, Maier of Middlebury, Malcolm of Pawlet, Manwaring of Wilmington, Marcotte of Coventry, Marek of Newfane, Martin of Springfield, Martin of Wolcott, McAllister of Highgate, McCormack of Rutland City, McCullough of Williston, McDonald of Berlin, McFaun of Barre Town, Milkey of Brattleboro, Miller of Shaftsbury, Minter of Waterbury, Mitchell of Barnard, Monti of Barre City, Mook of Bennington, Moran of Wardsboro, Morley of Barton, Morrissey of Bennington, Mrowicki of Putney, Myers of Essex, Nease of Johnson, Nuovo of Middlebury, Obuchowski of Rockingham, O'Donnell of Vernon, Ojibway of Hartford, Orr of Charlotte, Otterman of Topsham, Oxholm of Vergennes, Partridge of Windham, Pearson of Burlington, Peaslee of Guildhall, Pellett of Chester, Peltz of Woodbury, Perry of Richford, Peterson of Williston, Pillsbury of Brattleboro, Potter of Clarendon, Pugh of S. Burlington, Randall of Troy, Rodgers of Glover, Scheuermann of Stowe, Shand of Weathersfield, Sharpe of Bristol, Shaw of Derby, Smith of Morristown, Spengler of Colchester, Stevens of Shoreham, Sunderland of Rutland Town, Sweaney of Windsor, Symington of Jericho, Trombley of Grand Isle, Turner of Milton, Valliere of Barre City, Westman of Cambridge, Weston of Burlington, Wheeler of Derby, Winters of Williamstown, Wright of Burlington, Zenie of Colchester and Zuckerman of Burlington

Offered by:  Senators Campbell, McCormack, Nitka, Ayer, Bartlett, Carris, Collins, Condos, Coppenrath, Cummings, Doyle, Flanagan, Giard, Hartwell, Illuzzi, Kitchel, Kittell, Lyons, MacDonald, Maynard, Mazza, Miller, Mullin, Racine, Scott, Sears, Shumlin, Snelling, Starr and White

Whereas, Carlton Clark spent his boyhood in the Orange County town of Brookfield where he attended elementary school and then attended junior high school in nearby Randolph, and

Whereas, after completing the 8th grade, his family relocated to Sharon in Windsor County, and he enrolled at South Royalton High School where he was an outstanding athlete and from which he graduated, and

Whereas, desirous of serving our country as a member of the nation’s armed forces, he enlisted in the U.S. Army prior to his graduation, and

Whereas, after finishing his high school studies, Carlton Clark completed both his basic and advanced individual training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, and

Whereas, Fort Campbell, Kentucky was his first long-term military station where he served as a combat engineer and became air-qualified, and

Whereas, he was deployed to Iraq for one year at the beginning of Operation Iraqi Freedom and was injured during his service abroad for which he was awarded a Purple Heart, and

Whereas, after he returned to the United States, his superiors recognized Sgt. Clark’s military and teaching skills and assigned him to the United States Military Academy at West Point to train cadets, and

Whereas, at the conclusion of his first tour of duty, Sgt. Clark reenlisted and was again assigned to Iraq as a member of the 101st Airborne Division, and

Whereas, on Sunday, August 6, 2006, two other soldiers and he were killed when an improvised explosive device hit the Humvee in which they were riding near Baghdad, and

Whereas, Sgt. Clark performed his duties meritoriously, and, in addition to the Purple Heart he was awarded during initial deployment to Iraq, he was also the recipient of an army commendation medal with valor, a bronze star medal, and a second, posthumous, Purple Heart, and

Whereas, he will not fulfill his dream of returning home to pursue his interest in fire rescue, a path he felt strongly about, and

Whereas, Carlton Clark’s parents, Alan and Kathleen Clark, his sisters, Amy Eaton and Jennifer Clark, his grandmother, Jean Clark, and his former high school classmates in Sharon and South Royalton have wonderful and fond memories of this outstanding Vermonter, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly extends its most sincere condolences to the family of Sgt. Carlton A. Clark of Sharon, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Alan and Kathleen Clark in Sharon. 

 



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