Allen B. Clark

Allen B. Clark

The Honorable Allen B. Clark graduated the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1963. In 1966, he volunteered for service as an Army Intelligence officer in the Republic of Vietnam, in which assignment he was involved in clandestine activities to include debriefing a defector, training anti-Communists in helicopter insertions into Cambodia, and organizing intelligence-gathering operations against enemy base camps in the tri-border area of South Vietnam. ​ On June 17, 1967, Allen was wounded in an enemy mortar barrage and was returned for fifteen months of hospitalization that included amputation of both legs below the knees, multiple surgeries and a fourteen-week residency in a closed psychiatric ward at Brooke Army Medical Center, for what would later be described as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). For his service in Vietnam, he is a recipient of a Silver Star, America’s third-highest decoration for Gallantry in Action, a Purple Heart, and the Combat Infantryman’s Badge. His political service began in 1979 when he served as a special assistant to Texas Governor Bill Clements until 1981. In 1982, he represented the Republican Party as a candidate for Texas State Treasurer. Between 1989 and 1993, he served in the President George H.W. Bush Administration as the Assistant Secretary for Veterans Liaison and Program Coordination and Director of the National Cemetery System in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. ​ Published in 2007 by Zenith Press, his book Wounded Soldier, Healing Warrior, is his autobiography containing a foreword by Ross Perot. He also authored Valor in Vietnam, a collection of personal stories of the war with a foreword by Lieutenant General Dave R. Palmer, Superintendent of West Point (1986-1991). Valor in Vietnam was published in 2012 by Casemate Publishers of Philadelphia and Oxford. In 2014, this book was recognized by the Military Writer’s Society with the Bronze Award in the History category. For several decades, Allen has been a guest speaker at military bases for their Wounded Warrior Battalions and has mentored many young veterans of our Nation’s conflicts. He is a frequent presenter and motivational speaker for numerous youth groups, churches, and religious organizations. In early 2018, Allen became the proud recipient of the Patriot Award from the Greater Dallas Military Foundation. In late 2018, Allen received the Sons of the Flag Legacy Award.
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