John Clarke is an avid history buff, with a focused interest in World War II history, and has instructed the course, “Tales of Our Fathers—World Wars” at the Senior University of Georgia and at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute of Emory University. John retired in January 2014 after a 35-year career with the U.S. Geological Survey. As hydrologist and Assistant Director for Hydrologic Investigations, he authored or co-authored more than 50 papers on Georgia groundwater, and twice served as president of the Georgia Ground Water Association. John is originally from Long Island, NY and attended the State University of New York at Brockport.
Sargent Arthur Clarke served in A-Company of the 1306 Engineer General Service Regiment that served Patton’s 3rd Army. The presentation is based largely on V-mail letters, miscellaneous artifacts, and the company’s regimental history.
While on the “Band of Brothers” tour in 2015, John was able to see areas where his father was in action including Utah Beach and Bastogne. His dad wasn’t a hero, but John's presentation provides an interesting perspective on an Army serviceman during World War II from his developmental years leading into Army enlistment, training, deployment to Europe, and finally his return home from Japan. His V-mail letters describe major world events as seen from a soldier deployed in the field.
Run time: 1 hour
Laptop and projector with online web access.
Atlanta Metropolitan Area
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