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Carl Clark, WWII hero recognized 6 decades later, dies

SAN FRANCISCO — Carl Clark, a California man who was recognized six decades after his bravery during World War II with a top military honor that had been denied because he was black, died last week. He was 100.

Clark, who received the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal in 2012, died March 16 at a Veteran’s Administration hospital in Menlo Park, his daughter, Karen Clark Collins, said Tuesday.

“He didn’t consider himself a hero, he never talked about it,” Clark Collins said. “But after he left the Navy, he helped start the Boys and Girls Club in Menlo Park and did a lot for his community. He was a compassionate and sharing man.”

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Laurabeth Messimer