MARVIN T. CLARK Sr.

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MARVIN THEODORE CLARK, SR.  

Marvin Clark, 93, Born Grayson County, Green Cove, VA. Population 32, at the foot of White Top Mountain along the "Virginia Creeper" Railroad. The Green Cove Station (Post Office, General Store, Telegraph Office, etc.) was memorialized by famed photographer O. Winston Link in his "Maud Bows to the Virginia Creeper" Photo and now U.S. Forest Service Visitor & Education Center (K-62) for the Va. Creeper National Recreational Trail. This train was so slow going around the mountain that when Marvin was a kid he could wave at the conductor, run over the mountain and wave again when the train got to the other side. His mother Alice Clark died at a young age leaving seven kids behind where Jane his grandmother took them in to raise. He left home at age 14 to work his way to Washington DC while sending money home for his brothers and sisters. He worked for a while in a CC camp and later obtained a full time job with DC Transit where he worked for 34 years.
He joined the Navy, when WWII broke out, and saw the world on the USS GENERAL A.E. ANDERSON. He was seated in the white chairs during the WWII memorial opening ceremony as he was the only Veteran there that had been in every theatre of war during WWII (Asiatic, Pacific, American Theatre, European, etc.). This included the Philippine Liberation where his ship went 30 miles behind enemy lines where they rescued over 500 Americans that were known as the "Death March Prisoners" bringing them home to the USA. At least two books were written about this greatest rescue mission: "Ghost Soldiers" and "The Great Raid" that was also later made into a movie.
He was married to Elizabeth Imogene Montgomery for 53 years from June 17, 1944 until her death on June 16, 1997. They leave behind: two sons Ted Clark, Jr. and Dennis Clark; Daughter In Laws Donna Duffey Clark, Mary Duncan Clark, and Carolyn Day Clark; Five Grandchildren, four Great Grandchildren.
He was married to his childhood sweetheart Agnes Virginia Brooke from 1998 until her death on July 19, 2008. They enjoyed their later years together traveling, and living on Lake Gaston, NC and then in Lynchburg, VA. They left behind: step daughter Debbie Brooke Bigalow; and step son Bob Brooke; four additional Grandchildren and two Great Grandchildren.
Marvin was preceded in death by his sisters Elsie, Dorothy, Eva and his brothers Dean and Vance. He leaves behind his sister Dulcy Neal of Greensboro, GA.
Viewing and Services:
Arlington Baptist Church Saturday February 23, 2013 from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. (Pastor Dan O'Dell, 703-979-7344); Huntt Funeral Home, Waldorf MD. Sunday February 24, 2013 (www.HunttFunerals.com, 301-645-7021) 2 to 4 p.m. with a IOOF service at 3 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m.
Interment: February 27, 2013 at 2 p.m. at MD Veterans Cemetery, 11301 Crain Highway (Rt. 301) Cheltenham MD 20623, 301-372-6398. In-Chapel Service with AL & VFW pallbearers, colors honor guard, and Chaplain. Memorial contribution: flowers, or a donation to or St. Jude Children's Hospital.


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Published in The Washington Post on Feb. 20, 2013
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