WASHINGTON, D.C. - For Herb Clark, visiting the World War II Memorial has turnedout to be the welcome home from the war he never really received.The war and the celebrations ended in 1945, but by the time Clark,and so many others like him returned home, life was back tonormal.
"I started home December 1st of '45 and never got on a troopship until February of '46," said Clark. "When I got home the onlypeople there to welcome me was my dad and my fiancée, not thatI (didn't love) seeing both of them. But there was no hollering oryelling or did a good job boy."
Back at his parents' house, Christmas had waited for him, buteveryone was quick to move on.
"The tree was still all decorated, packages underneath, Mom toldDad, 'okay, plug it in. Now take it out and unplug it.' I reachedunderneath and pulled the first package out and every needle on thetree dropped off," he said
Clark says he has seen the appreciation for World War IIveterans grow more in recent years. During his visit to Washington,D.C., he was particularly touched by the outpouring of support fromtotal strangers.
"I just want to thank you," said a younger veteran whoapproached Clark as he toured the World War II Memorial. The vetoffered him his thanks and special military coin as a thankyou.
"You did it. Thank you so much. We're indebted to you foreverfor your sacrifice," the vet told Clark.
Clark, at 85 years old, has come a long way since his threeyears in the Army. His medals and photographs help him to rememberthat time in his life. And over the years the genuine attention heand others have received for their role in the war has become moremeaningful.
"More and more people are recognizing it, but then again we'resort of a disappearing thing," said Clark.
Clark and many of the others say just by wearing their World WarII hats they will get people coming up to them to thank them fortheir service. In return they are very appreciative of all theattention.
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