George Clarke - 2nd Lieutenant

Rank: 2nd Lieutenant
Date Of Birth: Oct 20, 1916
Date Of Death: Nov 28, 1943
War / Conflict: World War II
Hometown: Conrad, Iowa
Gold Star Hall - Wall Location: West Wall (by Entrance Door)


Year at ISU: 1940

George Howard Clarke was born on October 20, 1916 to John Clarke, who founded the Clarke Hybrid corn company in Grundy County, and Ruth Hauser. George was raised in Conrad, Iowa.

George entered service in Des Moines, Iowa on June 24, 1941 and trained in radio operation and gunnery at Las Vegas, New Mexico. Later that year he completed training as an air cadet and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant.

His last service assignment was with the 1st Arctic Search and Rescue Squadron.

He died in a plane crash at Sukkertoppen, Greenland, on Novemeber 11, 1943. One year later, his father died and his brother took over the company.