GENERAL MARK W. CLARK - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 06/27/1944 - HFSID 265667
Sale Price $270.00
Mark W. Clark sends a typed letter to a collector.
Typed Letter signed: "Mark W. Clark" as Commanding General of the Fifth Army, 6x8, On official letterhead. A.P.O. #464 (Fifth Army was in Italy), 1944 June 27. To Douglas M. Watson, Utica, New York. In full: "It was so nice of you to write to congratulate the Fifth Army. I am very happy indeed to send you my autograph. Sincerely." Slightly soiled in blank left margin. Lightly creased in lower right. Vertical fold touches "M" in signature. Overall, fine condition. Accompanied by Typed envelope (5½x4¼) to same addressee, bearing Clark's frank, postmarked June [date illegible], 1944. Opened at top, with ½-inch tear from top center. Otherwise, fine condition. The congratulations Clark is acknowledging here were no doubt for the capture of Rome (June 4, 1944), the first European capital to be liberated by a U.S. Army. Mark Wayne Clark (1896-1984), who assumed command of the Fifth Army in North Africa in 1943 and commanded the Fifth Army in the invasion of Italy in 1944, got his fourth star in March 1945. He accepted the surrender of German forces in Italy and Austria and, from 1945 to 1947, was the U.S. High Commissioner in occupied Austria. In 1953, as Commander in Chief of the United Nations Command, he signed the military armistice between the U.N. Command and the North Korean Army and Chinese People's Volunteers in Korea. That year, he also began his 12 years of service as President of The Citadel. He is buried on the campus of The Citadel next to Mark Clark Hall. Two items.
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