Karl E. Clark Park


Karl E. Clark Park was dedicated January 15, 2018.


1 acre.

About Karl E. Clark

Mr. Clark was serving as a steward first class aboard the USS Aaron Ward when Japanese kamikazes attacked the destroyer near Okinawa on May 3, 1945. Mr. Clark was credited for saving the ship, single-handedly putting out the many fires threatening to sink it and for rescuing injured shipmates, carrying them to the infirmary for urgent medical care even though he was badly injured himself. Even though the destroyer’s captain acknowledged that Mr. Clark had saved the ship, it took more than six decades to be fully recognized for his actions, because of his race. Mr. Clark, received the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with the Combat Distinguished Device in 2012.

Beyond his accomplishments in the military, Mr. Clark made many contributions to the community throughout his lifetime as a community activist and mentor. He was an accomplished  author of three books and helped establish the Onetta Harris Community Center and the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Peninsula.


313 Market Place, Menlo Park, CA 94025  View map

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