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Mr. Lyons' article on General Mark Clark contains many inaccuracies that should have been researched before publication. For example, he made the statement that General "Clark rose through the ranks quickly after receiving his military training at West Point Academy. Going to the Academy virtually guaranteed that graduates would be officers if they saw combat, and Clark became a Second Lieutenant thanks to World War I." I am sure Mr. Lyons forgot that West Point's entire purpose is to train future Army officers and that all graduates are automatically appointed second lieutenants, whether or not they see combat. He also said that "during peacetime, his (Clark) career came to a sudden stop, and it was not until 1933 that he was promoted to Captain." Clark was actually promoted to Captain on August 5, 1917, before he arrived in France. A point overlooked by Mr. Lyons was that Clark, as a Captain, took over as acting commander of the 3rd Battalion of the 11th Infantry Regiment when the CO became ill. On January 14, 1933 he was promoted to the rank of Major. In July of 1940, he was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel and, as the Army was gearing up for World War II, Clark was promoted two grades to Brigadier General, skipping the rank of Colonel. In April 1942, he was promoted to two-star rank, and in November 1942, he became the youngest three-star general in the Army. On March 10, 1945, at the age of 48, Clark became the Army's youngest four-star general. He made mistakes as all generals have, but he must have had something on the ball to make it to the rank of four-star general.
In 2009 I visited Hill 120 on Leyte, Philippines. This is where the first American flag was raised in the Philippines since the fall of Bataan in 1942. It has a larger than life helmet as well as life-size figures of American soldiers in the trees.