New England Air Museum
Harris G. Clark Jr.


Recent Address:

Cooperstown, NY



Family Information:

Parents: Harris and Lillian; Wife; Evelyn; Children: Linda. Joan, Joyce, Karen, Gordon and Alan


Cooperstown, NY

Date Entered Service:

July 28, 1943

Service Number:


Bomb Group:




Location of Unit:

India and Tinian

Missions Flown:


Hump Missions Flown:





Asiatic Pacific Theater Ribbon, the Distinguished Flying Cross, and the Air Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster

Service Schools Attended:

Hancock College of Aeronautics in Santa Maria, Calif., and four-engine transition school in Hobbs, N.M.

Military Specialty(ies):


Rank Upon Discharge:


Crew Type:

Flight crew

Airplane Serial No.& Name:

42-24691 - Fast Company

Were you a POW?


Were you interned?


Date Transferred from the 58th:


Date Discharged from the 58th:

October 26, 1945

Post-WWII Military Service:


Post-WWII Civilian Occupation(s):

Harris owned and operated a construction company and was responsible for building many local businesses and homes. His accomplishments include the Woodland Museum and many of the buildings at Sam Smith's Boatyard. He retired after working many years for Mrs. Joseph Campbell at Leatherstocking Farm.

He joined Otsego Lodge No. 138 in 1945. He was a member for over 50 years. During that time he served as Past Master of the Otsego Lodge No. 138 from 1994-1997. He also joined Otsego Chapter No. 26 Royal Arch Masons. He is the Senior Past High Priest of Otsego Chapter having served in 1954. He belonged to Otsego Council No. 87 Royal and Select Masters of the Cryptic Rite in Oneonta as well as Otsego Commandery No. 76 in Cooperstown. He was also a member of the Valley Shrine Club.

He had many interests including dancing, listening to music, golfing, snowmobiling, hunting and fishing. He was a member of the Wedocandors Hunting Club, National Rifle Association, Red Creek Valley Grange No. 1583, The American Legion Post No. 579 and Veterans of Foreign Wars.

He was happiest spending time with his wife and children. His family fondly remembers Sunday afternoon jeep rides and picnics in the woods overlooking Otsego Lake.


Mr. Clark passed away February 24, 2003.  He is buried at Lakewood Cemetery in Cooperstown.


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