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General Mark W. Clark Autographs, Memorabilia & Collectibles

GENERAL MARK W. CLARK
Born: May 1, 1896 in Madison Barracks, Jefferson County, New York
Died: April 17, 1984 in Charleston, South Carolina
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General Mark Wayne Clark (1896-1984), as Commander in Chief of the Allied Forces in Italy during WWII, and his 15th Army Group had played a major role in ending the War by forcing the surrender of the German Army in Italy. Spearheading the pivotal spring offensive, Clark, his 15th Army Group and the many Allied divisions under his command pounded the mighty German front with massive air and ground attacks. Implementing Clark's expert strategy, the powerful Allied Army advanced steadily until it finally forced the defeat and surrender of over one million Axis Army troops in Italy. Only five days later, on May 7, 1945, the tragic War in Europe concluded with Germany's unconditional surrender to the Allied powers. Clark had taken charge of the 15th Army following his successful command of the 5th Army, which culminated on June 4, 1944 in the capture of Rome, the first enemy capital to be taken by the Allies. Six months later, Clark succeeded British General Harold Alexander as Commander in Chief of the Allied Forces in Italy (December 1944). At the time of this letter, Clark was serving as the Commanding General of the U.S. troops in Austria. He had received his fourth star in March 1945, five months before he wrote that he was unable to send one of his stars to his correspondent. After completing his assignment in Austria, the West Point graduate (1917) commanded the 6th Army in America. During the Korean War (1950-1953), General Clark assumed command of the United Nations forces in Korea from May 1952 until the armistice on July 27, 1953. Following his retirement later that year, he began his tenure (1954-1966) as President of The Citadel Military College, South Carolina (Clark is buried on the campus of The Citadel next to Mark Clark Hall). The general's accounts of his war experiences can be found his books, Calculated Risk (1950) and From the Danube to the Yalu (1954).
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